Congressman Alan Lowenthal released the following statement after voting no on both H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668, which would delay the employer and individual mandates of the Affordable Care Act, respectively:
"The two votes today to delay the employer and individual mandates of the Affordable Care Act are a prime example of the Washington political games that Americans know and hate; they are nothing but an obstructionist public relations stunt. As we are seeing in California, Oregon, and now New York, insurance premium rates are in fact decreasing as a direct result of President Obama's health care law. Votes to delay implementation of the law will not pass in the Senate, nor will they be signed by the President, and thus are complete wastes of taxpayer dollars.
"The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will have speed bumps -- as will any new law. It is irresponsible, however, to deny millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions the right to affordable health care. This is a key mandate in the new law; and, if my colleagues on the other side of the aisle get their way, these protections will no longer be a reality.
"I support the Obama Administration's decision to delay the employer mandate requirement one year for the 5% of American businesses who will soon be responsible for providing health care to their employees; but, today's vote was a partisan, political, "gotcha' bill. I voted no because I came to Washington to find solutions, not to be an obstructionist. It is time to move on and find solutions to not only health care for all, but to putting all Americans back to work. That is a vote worth casting."
Congressman Alan Lowenthal represents the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Avalon, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Cypress, Westminster, Garden Grove, Buena Park, and Stanton in California's 47th Congressional District.