The Senate's awful free rider provision likely to survive negotiations
It looks like the House's employer mandate is going to fall to the Senate's free rider provision. The free rider provision -- which I'd previously called "the worst policy in the world" -- has been improved over its earlier incarnations, but is still a bad, complicated approach that will make it cheaper for many employers to hire, say, a 20-something on his parents’ insurance plan than a 40-something who'll need to go to the exchanges. To put it another way, the problem isn't that it makes labor more expensive. It's that it makes different job applicants unequally expensive, and thus could lead to labor discrimination.
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