|U.S. Rep. Bill Posey|
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation with the support of Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) to delay for one year the Affordable Care Act health insurance mandates on both employers (H.R. 2667) and individuals (H.R. 2668), which are part of the 2010 health care law.
Citing the burden of complex regulations on businesses, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Obama Administration recently announced that President Barack Obama will unilaterally suspend the January 2014 statutory deadline that requires employers to provide government approved health insurance to employees but he will keep in place the provision that mandates that individuals buy federally approved health insurance or face a fine.
"Just like our effort to turn the 21 page application for health insurance into a 3 page application, we are working hard to adapt and to be flexible in employer and insurer reporting as we implement the law," said White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.
The Treasury Department said in a statement the delay is designed to meet two goals:
1) To allow the Obama Administration time to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law; and
2) To provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers are moving toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees.
But with midterm elections just around the corner, skeptics of announced delay are already questioning whether the motives are political so that Democrats do not lose seats in Congress or state elections due to public backlash. The other ulterior motive is potential fundraising for Democrats from mid-size and large corporations that seek to obtain Obamacare regulation carve-outs or notorious waivers to the Affordable Care Act. Human Events, a conservative publication, asks why didn't the Obama Administration also delay mandates on individuals instead of just businesses?
“I don't think that the President has the authority, nor should he give businesses a pass while still imposing this expensive mandate on individual Americans and fining them for not signing up for government-approved health care,” said Congressman Posey. “From day one the health care law has been a drag on the economy and has hindered job creation while doing nothing to bring down the price of health insurance. The Administration's decision to give businesses a pass, but keep the mandate on individuals is a double standard that should not stand. The top priority for leaders in Washington should be protecting our liberty and creating a better environment for businesses across our nation to grow and add jobs.”
The health care law requires that the mandates for individuals and businesses take effect on January 1, 2014. Posey's office said in a release that "The Administration's decision to ignore the clear language of the law by suspending the mandate for businesses while keeping the mandate in place for individuals flies in the face of the clear reading of the legislation."
Posey's 8th Congressional District of Florida encompasses all of Brevard and Indian River Counties, and a portion of east Orange County, including the communities of: Bithlo, Canaveral Groves, Cape Canaveral, Christmas, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Fellsmere, Frontenac, Grant, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Indian River City, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Merritt Island, Micco, Mims, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Port Saint John, Satellite Beach, Sebastian, Sharpes, South Patrick Shores, Titusville, Valkaria, Vero Beach, Viera, West Melbourne and Wedgefield.
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