Adam Solander Quoted in Article, “The Clock Is Ticking”

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Adam Solander, an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "The Clock Is Ticking."

Following is an excerpt:

At present, actions to repeal or amend more onerous parts of "Obamacare" or overturn the legislation completely have failed. ?...

"The shared responsibility rules could affect retailers in different ways," said Solander, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green who also represents the health council at the National Grocers Association (NGA).  "It's a mixed bag. In certain situations, the rules provide some helpful guidance. In others, the industry will be adversely affected by virtue of our size." ?...

The irony is that it is cheaper in most cases to pay the penalty than provide insurance coverage.

However, Solander warned that this could be a dangerous strategy.

"A local store's standing in the community could take a hit if you're seen as not caring about employee," he said. "Additionally, the penalties are not tax deductible as you'd lose your tax preferred status and you might make yourself more susceptible to unions." ?...

Assessing the rest of ACA as it stands now, Solander noted that the mandate which specifies 50 full-time, or full-time equivalent employees could favor an industry using so many seasonal and part-time workers.

"There is an exception that allows us to take seasonal workers out of the equation when determining whether we actually have 50 employees that are subject to ACA mandates," he said. ?...

"We have to change the way we pay for healthcare and this will lower costs," he added. "We can no longer justify paying on a procedure basis. We must make sure employees are getting high quality procedures that keep them out of the hospital."