Last evening Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in support of H.R. 2667, Authority Mandate Delay Act, and H.R. 2668, Fairness for American Families Act. These bills, which passed the House 264-161 and 251-174 respectively, would delay by one year the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's ("Obamacare") health insurance mandates for both employers and individuals.
"Helping Americans by improving health care quality, affordability, and access have always been my priorities in health care reform," said Hall. "The American people should be able to have the freedom to choose their own doctors and be in control of their own personal health care decisions. That is why I voted against "Obamacare,' and why I voted yesterday to repeal this bad law's employer and individual mandates."
Hall continued, "These bills are about providing protection and fairness for all Americans. During a time when the economy is weak and so many families are struggling, "Obamacare's' rising health care costs and mandates are an increasingly heavy burden. And while I am happy to lend my support to delay these mandates that are bad for the American people and bad for the economy, my primary goal is the full and permanent repeal of both the employer and individual mandates."
The Washington Examiner published an article this week citing 74% of small business owners' intentions to cut hours and hire fewer workers in response to the employer mandate. Meanwhile, in 2016, the individual penalty is expected to cost $2,085 or 2.85% of the household's income (whichever is greater). A recent poll conducted by The Hill showed only 12% of Americans support the individual mandate. The President and Congressional Democrats are even getting pushback from some of their most vocal supporters -- this week leaders of three major U.S. unions sent a letter to Congressional Democrats asking for serious changes to the law.
On July 3, the Obama Administration announced its intention to delay until 2015 the employer mandate included in "Obamacare." "This decision is an obvious indication that "Obamacare' is a flawed program and needs to be repealed. The President is now trying to postpone the negative effects on businesses. I think individuals should have the same rights."