Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and asserted that Obamacare "has been wonderful for America." The law is so wonderful, in fact, that the Administration simply can't resist delaying some of its most pivotal provisions.
During the 4th of July holiday week, the White House announced that it would delay the law's employer mandate until 2015. This provision requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance to their workers or face a penalty of as much as $3,000 per employee. The delay of the enforcement of this mandate has created a stir, proving that the Administration finally acknowledges the heavy burden Obamacare imposes on employers and businesses. While I am encouraged that North Carolina's job creators will have an additional year to prepare for some of the law's onerous regulations and mandates, it isn't fair for the President to shield American businesses from his health care law while leaving the rest of America on the hook for his train wreck. The idea that we're going to give big businesses a break under Obamacare, but we're going to punish small businesses and families, is just wrong.
The President's decision means if you're a large company making billions of dollars in profits, you're exempt from Obamacare next year. But if you're a 27 year-old struggling to pay off your student loan debt, you're not. If you're a big bank, you don't have to comply with Obamacare next year. But if you're a single mother trying to make ends meet, there's no exemption for you. And if you're a big government contractor, you don't have to comply with the Obamacare mandate next year. But if you're a family of five in North Carolina, you do -- or you get taxed.
This is a matter of basic fairness. Obamacare is a train wreck and even the Administration knows this law is unworkable. It's driving up prices, making it harder for small businesses to hire, and is wide open to fraud -- and the American people's opposition to it has only grown. According to The Hill, "[a] new survey finds only 12 percent of respondents support implementing Obamacare's individual mandate." For this reason, the House voted last week to delay both the employer mandate and the individual mandate. Both overwhelmingly passed.
My ultimate hope is that the President realizes his health care law is fundamentally flawed and unworkable. It will never be adequately "fixed" with arbitrary delays and piecemeal solutions, although these small measures are a step in the right direction. If the Administration can acknowledge that Obamacare's provisions are bad enough to need implementation delayed, they need to acknowledge that full repeal is a necessary next step. To protect our economy and our health care system, Obamacare must be fully repealed before this law inflicts any further damage. A clean slate will give lawmakers the best opportunity to advance true bipartisan, patient-centered, step-by-step reforms that will actually help to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans by empowering consumers, not unelected government bureaucrats.
Until next week,
Member of Congress (NC-08)