U.S. Congressmen Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-South Louisiana), today joined other Members of Congress to promote the bipartisan American Job Protection Act to eliminate the damaging employer-mandate provision in ObamaCare. The bill, H.R.1744, removes requirements stating employers with 50 or more full time "equivalent" employees may be assessed a "free rider" penalty. The bill, introduced by Boustany, removes the provision from ObamaCare.
"President Obama repeatedly promised during the health-care debate -- if you like your current plan, you can keep it," Boustany said. "But the fact is it will be less expensive for employers to pay the penalty and not offer coverage than to offer health-care coverage. Ironically, the employer mandate incentivizes employers to stop offering health-care coverage. It's time we repeal this provision."
Boustany, a former cardiothoracic surgeon with over 20 years experience, has been the leading voice against ObamaCare, and voted to repeal the law earlier this year.