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Obamacare Mandate Delay Must Extend to Individuals

July 17, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after passage of two bills that addressed the Obamacare mandate on individuals and businesses. The Authority for Mandate Delay Act (H.R. 2667) provides the Administration with a constitutional way to enact the mandate delay on businesses while the Fairness for American Families Act (H.R. 2668) extends the delay to individuals as well.    

“Earlier this month, the Administration quietly announced its intention to delay the mandate on businesses to purchase healthcare for their employees,” said Cole. “The announcement itself was not only suspicious but hardly official since it came in the form of blog posts on the White House and Treasury Department websites, rather than a press statement or conference. In addition, it was announced over a holiday weekend, pointing to downplay of Obamacare’s failure.

“The fact that businesses are being excused from the healthcare mandate reminds us that Obamacare as conceived is unworkable. Beyond that, the president cannot be permitted to pick and choose which portions of his law that he desires to enforce. Through the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, Congress sets a constitutional way to enact his intended delay of the law for businesses.  

“Even though businesses have been granted a break from providing unaffordable, unworkable healthcare for another year, individuals are still required to purchase it. This expectation is unfair to our nation’s families and does nothing to inspire confidence in the president’s healthcare reform. I am pleased that the House passed the Fairness for American Families Act to also delay the unnecessary, unfair burden of expensive insurance on individuals.”

To watch Congressman Cole’s remarks on H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668 in the Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, click here.