House Votes to Delay Obamacare Mandates
By Dr. James Palermo // July 18, 2013
OBAMA'S AUTHORITY TO UNILATERALLY SUSPEND EMPLOYER MANDATE IN QUESTION
ABOVE VIDEO: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) explains the rationale for the House vote to suspend both the employer and individual mandates statutorily prescribed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and clarifies that, although President Obama has already said he would veto any such legislation, the authority to initiate changes in the law lies only with Congress and not the executive branch of government. (Video by RepMarshaBlackburn)
Recognizing the implementation problems inherent in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation with the support of Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) to delay for one year the health insurance mandates on both employers (H.R. 2667) and individuals (H.R. 2668), which are part of the 2010 health care law.
The President recently announced that he will unilaterally suspend the January 2014 statutory deadline that requires employers to provide government approved health insurance to employees but he will keep in place the provision that mandates that individuals buy federally approved health insurance or face a fine.
FAILURE TO MEET EMPLOYER MANDATE DEADLINE RAISES CONCERN
This step by the administration to postpone the employer mandate has lent credence to Obamacare opponents’ claim that the law is fundamentally flawed. The infamous words of then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” were uttered on March 9, 2010 and the bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Now, having found out what’s in it over the past three years and four months, the Obama administration faces extraordinary challenges in implementing and meeting the original deadlines in its signature healthcare law.
“I don’t think that the President has the authority, nor should he give businesses a pass while still imposing this expensive mandate on individual Americans and fining them for not signing up for government-approved health care,” said Congressman Posey, a staunch opponent of Obamacare. “From day one the health care law has been a drag on the economy and has hindered job creation while doing nothing to bring down the price of health insurance. The Administration’s decision to give businesses a pass, but keep the mandate on individuals is a double standard that should not stand. The top priority for leaders in Washington should be protecting our liberty and creating a better environment for businesses across our nation to grow and add jobs.”
OBAMA UNILATERAL SUSPENSION OF EMPLOYER MANDATE IN QUESTION
The health care law requires that the mandates for individuals and businesses take effect on “January 1, 2014.”
In a press release from Rep. Posey yesterday, he said, “The Administration’s decision to ignore the clear language of the law by suspending the mandate for businesses while keeping the mandate in place for individuals flies in the face of the clear reading of the legislation.”