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Chairman Herger Announces Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats' Health Care Law

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The "Affordable Care Act" (P.L. 111-148 and 111-152) imposes two highly coercive federal mandates on both individuals and employers. Beginning in 2014, the federal government will mandate that nearly every American purchase government-approved health insurance or pay a penalty. The United States Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in the days before the hearing about whether such a requirement is constitutional.

Also, beginning in 2014, the federal government will mandate that many employers provide government-prescribed health insurance or pay a fine. Economists and employer groups have expressed concerns that the added costs associated with the employer mandate will impede their ability to hire and retain workers and result in lower wages.

In announcing the hearing, Chairman Herger stated, "The majority of Americans remain opposed to the Democrats' health care law, and an even larger number of Americans believe the individual mandate is a violation of their constitutional rights. The public remains concerned about the impact the law will have on their lives and with good reason. At its core, the Democrats' risky experiment relies on a federal mandate, forcing Americans to purchase a product -- even if they can't afford it -- or pay a fine. Furthermore, the law's new mandates and regulations are standing in the way of job creation at a time when unemployment remains high and our economy desperately needs more jobs. Although the courts are actively engaged, this hearing will allow for an open and candid discussion in Congress, where the law was passed, but where it did not receive the debate and dialogue that these issues deserve."

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