NRF: Repeal Obamacare

The National Retail Federation has expressed its support for legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act
February 6, 2015David Gill

WASHINGTON-The National Retail Federation has expressed its support for legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, in a letter sent to John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House.

David French, NRF’s senior vice president for government relations, said, “Dealing with the ACA’s employer mandate and reporting requirements have already brought unwanted cost and complexity to retail employers, despite the serial delays. Moreover, the numerous unintended consequences of the law have slowed the creation of new retail jobs and limited the hours available to part-time employees.”

An NRF statement said the trade group opposed enactment of Obamacare on the grounds that it focused more on government mandates and regulations, rather than affordability and accessibility. Even so, the statement said, NRF has made efforts to reduce the law’s “negative impact on employers and employees,” including the repeal of the employer mandate provision and its requirements.

While vowing that NRF would continue to work with the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress “to fix and improve the law wherever possible,” French added, “Improving and fixing the ACA remains challenging at best, and finding real relief from the law’s burdens is elusive. We believe the best course of action would be to repeal the ACA in its entirety and begin a truly bipartisan discussion and debate on the future of our health-care system.”


David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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