Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in
response to today’s ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States
upholding the individual-mandate within the Affordable Care Act.
“With the Supreme Court decision
now behind us, the focus must turn to the employer-mandate and the effect that
impending changes to employer-sponsored coverage will have on the nearly 170
million Americans who receive healthcare through their employer,” said RILA President Sandy
Obama repeatedly assured Americans that if they liked their health insurance,
they could keep it. However, today, with just 17 months until the law
takes effect, and no meaningful implementation guidelines available for
employers, those assurances are in doubt.
“While retailers are committed to
continuing to provide health coverage to their employees, overregulation
jeopardizes their ability to do so.
“RILA continues to urge the
Administration to protect retailers’ ability to offer quality, affordable
coverage that fits the unique needs of their workforce and not to undermine the
flexible, voluntary system that provides coverage to millions of employees and
the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad. RILA
members offer quality and affordable healthcare to employees and their families
and are leaders in benefits design by customizing plans to meet their
workforces’ specific needs.