US Rep. Frank Guinta introduces bill to repeal healthcare reform law's auto enrollment provision

Businesses shouldn’t be penalized because of the government’s overzealous intrusion into their affairs.  The Auto Enroll Repeal Act of 2011 rights that wrong and will save jobs when they’re needed most.”

(WASHINGTON – June 16, 2011)   U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) is acting to remove one of the most burdensome mandates included in last year’s national healthcare reform overhaul (officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).  On Thursday he introduced H.R. 2206, the Auto Enroll Repeal Act of 2011.

The existing law contains a provision saying that in 2014, businesses with more than 200 employees must automatically “enroll new full-time employees” into one of that company’s healthcare plans while continuing “the enrollment of current full-time employees” as well.

“Businesses face an undue hardship,” Guinta said. “For example, those that have a high employee turnover rate, such as the food service industry, would be especially hard hit.  Restaurants will have to automatically enroll every cook, dishwasher, waiter or hostess they hire.  The hotel and motel industries and tourism-related businesses would also be hurt, with some employers cutting their workforce.  New Hampshire would especially suffer, because tourism and hospitality companies are important to our economy.   Businesses shouldn’t be penalized because of the government’s overzealous intrusion into their affairs.  The Auto Enroll Repeal Act of 2011 rights that wrong and will save jobs when they’re needed most.”

Guinta’s bill has been endorsed by the National Restaurant Association.  Thirteen House Members have signed on as original co-sponsors.  It will be referred to committee for consideration.