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Congressman Rogers Statement on the Delay of Obamacare’s Employer Mandate

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Washington, Jul 3, 2013 | Kelsey Knight (202-226-8508) | comments

The Obama administration announced yesterday its decision to delay, for one year, enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, a central component of the President’s healthcare law.

“Suspension of the employer mandate for one year is a tacit admission by the administration that the law is unworkable and harmful to job-creators. Nearly 75 percent of small business owners say the law’s confusing new mandates, regulations, and taxes have made it more difficult to hire new workers,” Rogers stated. 

Rogers, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee continued, “postponing the employer mandate for a year does not postpone the individual mandate.  I have authored legislation to allow every American who wants one to receive a waiver from Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.  Additionally, employers are going to continue to restructure their businesses to avoid hitting the 50-employee threshold, hurting the very people that advocates of the law claim they are trying to help.”

“This is further evidence the administration is finally beginning to understand the fundamental reasons for the devastating damage this health law is doing to the economy and is why so many Americans opposed the massive government takeover of healthcare from the beginning,”  Rogers said. “The right thing to do is to rip the legislation out by the roots and start over with real solutions that improve access by lowering costs.”

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