GOP launches O-Care delay probe

GOP lawmakers are launching an investigation into the second, partial delay of ObamaCare's employer mandate.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pushed the Treasury Department for documents, including analyses of the delay's possible impact and any communications with the White House on the matter.


Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement that the administration should "deliver the facts with the same priority it has put behind its many [ObamaCare] delays."

The probe is unsurprising given the wave of GOP criticism after the administration announced that some mid-size firms will not have to offer health insurance to their workers for another year.

The policy gives businesses that have between 50 and 99 employees until January 2016 to provide healthcare coverage or pay penalties, provided they do not cut workers just to get under the threshold.

The mandate will still take effect in January 2015 for companies with 100 or more workers.

The Energy and Commerce Republicans asked for cost analyses related to the delay and any feedback or analysis provided by the White House and the Health and Human Services Department to Treasury officials.