Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) reiterated his support for repealing the Individual Mandate under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, until January, 2015. The Individual Mandate requires individuals to either have federally approved health insurance or face IRS-imposed fines. The Individual Mandate takes effect in January of next year. At that time, persons subject to the new healthcare law will be able to receive income-based subsidies through the state-run insurance exchanges that are required to be set up later this year.
Earlier this year, Rep. Coffman signed on as an original cosponsor to H.R. 582, the Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act. This legislation repeals both the Employer Mandate and the Individual Mandate. Coffman's announcement comes on the heels of the Obama administration's announcement to delay enforcement of the Employer Mandate, under the Affordable Care Act, until January of 2015. That mandate requires all employers with 50 or more employees who work for 30 hours a week or more to either provide Federally-approved health insurance for their employees or face stiff IRS penalties. The Employer Mandate was to take effect next January.
"At the very least, the President should delay the Individual Mandate until January, 2015 as well. It's unfair to say to businesses not to worry about Obamacare because the administration is not going to enforce the requirements on them, but that individuals are still responsible to have health insurance or pay a fine. If the Obama administration wants to let big businesses off the hook for providing health insurance then it's only fair that the individual mandate to have health insurance, or pay an IRS penalty, be delayed as well," said Coffman.
Coffman did not vote for the Affordable Care Act when it was passed in 2010 and has been critical of the new healthcare law. He has consistently argued that the Employer Mandate itself will cost jobs and hinder our economic recovery.