U.S. House taking steps to delay Obamacare implementation

| July 14 2013
HOUSE TO HOLD BACK-TO-BACK VOTES ON DELAYING OBAMACARE MANDATES FOR ALL AMERICANS
 
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on back-to-back bills to delay the ObamaCare employer mandate and the ObamaCare individual mandate, providing relief to all Americans.
  • This is a matter of basic fairness.  “If you’re a big bank or financial company, you don’t have to comply with Obamacare,” Speaker Boehner said.  “But if you’re a single parent trying to make ends meet, there’s no exemption for you.  It would be unfair to protect big business from ObamaCare but not individuals and families.”
  • House Republicans are 100 percent committed to full repeal.  Delay of ObamaCare’s core provisions will help to dismantle the fragile coalition the president used to force Obamacare on the American people and accelerate the law’s complete demise.

◊ “Boehner is encouraging his members to support a crafty legislative response … delaying the individual mandate by a year introduces adverse selection into the insurance exchanges… That would be catastrophic for the rollout of the law, and a major liability for Democrats… Democrats would be trapped…” – TPM, 7/9/13

◊ “House leaders appear to have crafted a shrewd legislative response… “ – National Review, 7/10/13

◊ “Democrats will find it hard to defend an individual mandate-tax now that businesses are spared.  And a delay of one year can easily become two, then three, and then past the next Presidential election.” – Wall Street Journal editorial, 7/3/13

◊ “The Obama administration must have hoped delaying the employer mandate would avoid making the difficult implementation of Obamacare even worse.   But the GOP can act now to deprive the administration of what might otherwise prove a manageable and perhaps temporary retreat.” – Willliam Kristol, The Weekly Standard, 7/2/13
  • As ObamaCare’s authors and the White House itself say, a strike at the individual mandate is a strike at the heart of ObamaCare itself, and is effectively a vote for full repeal.

◊ You have to have the mandate in order for this to work…”  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), The Daily Caller, 6/22/12

◊ “Without an individual responsibility provision” the law “doesn’t work.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder, Washington Post op-ed, 12/14/10

◊ “The mandate is so central… we would have to go back to the drawing board…” – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, CQ, 6/26/12

◊  If you take away the individual mandate, that would dismantle a core concept of universal coverage.” – Rep.  Jim McDermott (D-WA), ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, The New York Times, 7/9/13
  • ObamaCare is a train wreck, and the American people’s opposition to it has only grown.

◊ “According to Kaiser’s latest polling, Americans think Obamacare will be bad for themselves and bad for their country — and, in both respects, they say they’re more convinced than ever that that’s true.”  – The Weekly Standard, 6/21/13

◊ “A new survey finds only 12 percent of respondents support implementing ObamaCare’s individual mandate…” – The Hill, 7/9/13
  • We need to start over and get this right.

◊ Delay gives us the opportunity to advocate real reforms with the patient at the center, not the government.

◊ The president is admitting this law is unworkable.  He asked for a delay.

◊ Let’s use this opportunity to enact real reforms that actually make health care more affordable for struggling American families and help put people back to work.
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