Of the many ways Republicans might target Obamacare if they win the Senate this fall, at least one should have a decent chance of earning the approval of the White House: repealing the law's employer mandate.
The employer mandate is supposed to require companies with more than 50 employees to provide health coverage to their workers or pay a fine. It's unpopular with the business community, though the general public supports it.
If the GOP held the House and the Senate, insiders expect the employer mandate to be a likely target for their anti-Obamacare agenda. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), in line to assume control of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has already introduced a repeal bill this Congress.
"If things were to turn, if Republicans were to take a simple majority, I think this would be one of the top things that Republicans would look at," Amanda Austin, health policy expert for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit to overturn Obamacare and one major force behind the repeal effort, told TPM.
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