By Representative Jon Runyan
Earlier this month, President Obama announced a one-year delay in a major provision of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Last week, Congress followed suit, passing legislation to delay both the employer and individual mandates.
Small businesses with 50 or more employees now have another year to figure out how they are going to deal with the penalties they could face for not providing "adequate" health insurance to their employees.
The provision would have started in 2014, along with a whole host of new requirements, tax increases, fees and regulations. While this delay provides temporary relief to many of our local small businesses and job creators, it offers no such relief to the millions of middle-class Americans who rightfully remain concerned about how this law will impact them and their families.
I hear from people literally every day about how anxious they are about their premiums going up and whether they can keep their current plan if they like it -- as we were all promised. Even before the recent IRS scandal, most people had little faith in the ability of the IRS to implement the requirement that every single American citizen obtain health care or face a penalty. Where is the relief for them?
As I am sure many of you know, I have never supported Obamacare. The reason why is because it won't work. The president's latest delay is proof that even he is starting to see that.
While there are some worthwhile reforms included in Obamacare, like protections for those with pre-existing conditions, the big government approach to health care misses the mark and will not reduce costs that are continuing to soar out of control.
With the Obama administration now struggling to launch this monstrosity, Congress is right to follow the president's lead. And that's exactly what we did last week.