Most of the discussion swirling around the mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act refers to the individual component. Brokers and employees seem to get all the press.

What gets less coverage, and could have a much broader impact, is the employer mandate. That part of the law, in short, forces any employer with more than 50 full-time employees to offer health care coverage. (Employees, though, are allowed to decline said coverage, but that’s another story.)

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