House Approves Bill Protecting Small Biz from Obamacare

The House passed a bill that aims to protect medium-sized businesses from higher premiums caused by a small provision in Obamacare.

The House approved the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act by a voice vote Monday. The bill takes aim at a provision in the small group market, where small businesses go to get health insurance.

The chamber also passed a bill aimed at protecting religious liberty, approving the Equitable Access to Care and Health Act, which would provide a religious exemption to Obamacare’s individual mandate for obtaining health insurance.

Normally the only businesses that participate in small group markets have up to 50 employees, but starting next year businesses with 51-100 employees also will participate.