Press Release

AFT Statement on the Delay in Employer Penalties Under the Affordable Care Act

For Release: 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Tom Lansworth


WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the one-year delay in penalties imposed under the Affordable Care Act on large employers that fail to offer affordable, adequate health insurance to full-time employees.

"The delay in employer health insurance requirements and penalties does not change the intent or the spirit of the Affordable Care Act. It gives employers more time to update their healthcare coverage and implement the law properly.

"But this change in schedule does not change employers' ultimate obligations under the act, and we call on them to be responsible and respect the law of the land. The American Federation of Teachers believes that employers should provide high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage to their employees. That is the right thing to do, and it is in keeping with the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which envisions employers, insurers and individuals sharing responsibility for reducing the number of uninsured Americans.

"The extra time granted to employers should be the occasion for extra commitment from all stakeholders to fulfilling the promise of the Affordable Care Act. As that process continues to move forward, employers must refrain from actions such as cutting workers' hours to make them ineligible for employer-provided coverage."


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.