When Repeal Fails, Try Delay, Delay, Delay

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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a package of five bills to delay several Affordable Care Act taxes.

  • H.R. 4616 would delay the Cadillac Tax for one year and suspend penalties under the Employer Mandate from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2018.
  • H.R. 4617 would delay the medical device tax for five years.
  • H.R. 4618 would remove the restrictions limiting reimbursements of over-the-counter medications without a prescription from consumer-directed accounts, such as flexible spending accounts, for two years.
  • H.R. 4619 and H.R. 4620 would delay the health insurance providers fee for two years.

There is speculation these bills could be included as part of the end-of-year spending bill but it remains to be seen whether they will move forward.