NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

Who Pays Obamacare's "Slacker Mandate"? Workers Without Kids!

January 19, 2016

The "slacker mandate" is the provision in Obamacare requiring employer-based health plans to offer benefits to adult dependents of their workers, up to age 26. Who pays for it? Remarkably, a NBER study found that the mandate reduced wages among workers without children by $211 a month, but did not reduce wages among workers with children.


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