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Obamacare Still Unworkable and Unfair for Americans

July 3, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Obama announced that businesses would not be required to cover their workers under Obamacare for another year. According to the Treasury Department, this previously-mandatory requirement is being postponed in order to “simplify reporting requirements consistent with the law” and “provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers are moving toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees.”

“While Tuesday’s announcement delays the burdensome, expensive requirement on businesses to cover workers under Obamacare, it doesn’t change the fact that the healthcare law is unworkable and unfair for the majority of Americans,” said Cole. “Not only was the legislation jammed through Congress, but its delayed implementation proves the negative nature of the law. By missing the deadlines imposed by the law, the Administration is now effectively admitting that the legislation is unworkable. This yet again gives us cause and motivation to repeal the whole thing and replace it.

“It is difficult not to jump to the conclusion that this is done ahead of midterm elections in order that voters will not realize the negative impact and high cost of Obamacare. Try as it may, however, the Administration cannot fool the American people. We must continue to introduce and pass legislation that delays and ultimately repeals the implementation of this harmful healthcare overhaul.

“Despite a small victory for businesses, this law is still unfair for the majority of Americans, who will still be forced to purchase expensive insurance or suffer fines. If the Administration is going to postpone requirements for businesses, they should also delay the requirement for individuals.”