But, in reality, an estimated 96 percent of all companies in the United States — about 5.8 million out of the 6 million total — have fewer than 50 full time employees and therefore are exempt from the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. Only about 10,000 of those 5.8 million companies would be subject to the employer responsibility requirement, according to The Fiscal Times. “The vast majority of employers who were subject to the mandate already offer health care coverage to their workers, so really not a whole lot should change, one way or another,” Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the publication.
The latest delay is raising new questions about the fate of Obamacare, and those concerns could play a role in the 2014 mid-term election; if the employer mandate is behind schedule, will the individual insurance exchanges be ready to begin operating on October 1? While these uncertainties will not be resolved anytime soon, there are clear winners and losers as a result of this postponement.
Here is a look at who is celebrating the delay and who is worried about the future of Obamacare: