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NRF Seeks Repeal of Health Care Law

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Disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform, NRF has redoubled its efforts to see the mandate-filled law replaced with true reform that would make health care more accessible by making it more affordable.

“At a time when the economy is still struggling to recover, Congress needs to repeal the health care law before it costs millions of Americans their jobs,” says NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.

NRF responded to the court ruling with a grassroots campaign in support of House legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. NRF argued that the 2010 law is “a perfect storm of unintended consequences” that will drive costs so high that many companies will be forced to cut back payrolls or discontinue health care coverage, even if it means paying fines. Instead of making health care more available, the law is likely to cost many workers both their jobs and their health insurance, NRF said.

The repeal measure easily passed the Republican-controlled House. But with Democrats in control of the Senate, the vote was largely symbolic, and prospects for overturning the measure in Congress won’t become clearer until after November’s elections.

Some small retailers have told NRF they are being cautious about growing to 50 full-time workers, the threshold at which they become subject to the law’s mandate for employers to provide health care coverage or pay huge fines beginning in 2014. Larger companies have said they might have to reduce their workforces in response to the increased payroll costs that would come with the mandate.

“It’s time for Congress to go back to work and come up with true bipartisan health care reform that focuses first on reducing costs and addressing the fundamental flaws of our health care system, rather than destroying jobs and penalizing the very employers who today voluntarily pay for health insurance,” Shay says. “As an industry that provides health care coverage for millions of American workers and their families, retail will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal.”