Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced its decision to delay implementation of the mandate created by the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 per employee. Implementation of this "employer mandate," which was set to take effect on January 1, 2014, will be delayed for one year:
"While delaying this costly mandate will help businesses who would be forced to provide this coverage starting in January, it does not prevent implementation of the individual mandate that will force Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. This health care law is a train wreck. Putting the "employer mandate' off for another year will not solve the problem. Instead of placing more burdens on American families and businesses, the entire law should be repealed and replaced with patient-centered alternatives that allow Americans access to affordable health care."
Congressman Goodlatte is a cosponsor of legislation to fully repeal Obamacare (H.R. 45), which passed the House of Representatives on May 16, 2013. Congressman Goodlatte is also a cosponsor of the Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act (H.R. 582). This legislation would terminate the health care law's requirement that individuals maintain minimum essential health insurance for themselves and their dependents and would repeal provisions requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance coverage to their employees.