ACA Magnifying Glass Business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, have supported the repeal of both the employer mandate and the Cadillac tax. (Photo: Getty)

Two bills opposed by Democrats have come closer to stripping away more of the Affordable Care Act. The Hill reports that H.R. 4616, which would suspend penalties for the employer mandate for 2015 through 2019, as well as postpone implementation of the tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans (the Cadillac tax) for one more year, until 2022, has been advanced along party lines by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Another measure, sponsored by Reps. Peter Roskam, R-IL and Michael Burgess, R-TX, would allow ACA tax credits to be used to buy plans outside of the exchanges for the individual market, as well as allow the purchase of a catastrophic plan by anyone. Currently catastrophic plans can only be purchased by people under 30; they cost less, but cover fewer services.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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