U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today supported an effort to delay, for one year, the employer and individual mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Barrow has been a leader of efforts to repeal both provisions within the law, most recently as the lead co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation with Reps. Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) to fully repeal the employer mandate. Congressman Barrow also introduced legislation on the first day of the 113th Congress to repeal the individual mandate and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
"The employer mandate is bad for businesses in the 12th District and across the country," said Congressman Barrow. "A delay in this provision is good, but should serve as a step toward a full repeal. Job creators have made it clear they can't afford this mandate, and its implementation will only lead to fewer jobs and less growth. It's important for us to give the businesses in our communities the certainty they need to succeed, and repealing the employer mandate once and for all is the best way to do that."
The American Job Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Barrow, Boustany, and Tiberi, strikes the provisions in the ACA that require employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees to provide health insurance for their employees in 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the penalty would hit employers with $150 billion in new taxes over eleven years. According to the nonpartisan Hudson Institute, the employer mandate is expected to result in an estimated 3.2 million lost jobs. According to the nonpartisan Hudson Institute, the employer mandate is expected to result in an estimated 3.2 million lost jobs.
Barrow's legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).
The bipartisan, bicameral measure has garnered strong support from within the business community and has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, National Restaurant Association, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, International Franchise Association, National Roofing Contractors Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Hotel & Lodging Association, American Supply Association, American Wholesale Marketers Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, International Housewares Association, National Club Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Tooling and Machining Association, National Utility Contractors Association, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, Precision Machined Products Association, Precision Metalforming Association, Printing Industries of America, Professional Golfers Association of America, Turfgrass Producers International and Americans for Tax Reform.