Republicans argue for extending Obamacare delay
July 20th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Republicans argue for extending Obamacare delay

(CNN) – A one-year delay of the Obamacare employer mandate should be extended to the individual requirement that Americans obtain health insurance, two Republican lawmakers argued in their party's weekly address on Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced the postponement of a requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers provide employees with health insurance. The mandate was pushed back until 2015.

Republicans, who opposed the mandate as bad for jobs creation, used the announcement to fuel their complaints that the new health care law is unworkable.

In Saturday's weekly address, Rep. Todd Young of Indiana called the move "great news for big businesses," but claimed it didn't go far enough.

"It's left many hardworking taxpayers asking, 'what about me? what about my family?' After all, the law's mandates are just as daunting for individuals," Young said. "And they don't have an army of lawyers, lobbyists and accountants at their disposal to make sense of it all."

Rep. Tim Griffin, who represents Arkansas, said it wouldn't be reasonable to only offer businesses a delay in complying with Obamacare.

"Let's be fair about this: if the president's going to help out businesses by exempting them from the law, he ought to give the same relief to folks like you," he said.

While measures have been introduced in the GOP-led House of Representatives that would put off the individual mandate for a year, they are not expected to gain approved in the Democrat-led Senate.

Obama defended the law in remarks Thursday, and chided Republicans for their continued efforts to repeal it.

"We're refighting these old battles," he said. "Sometimes I just try to figure out why. Maybe they think it's good politics."


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Minnie Mouse

    What is happening is wrong for the rest of the people in our country, who are not a business of 50 or more people. Everyone one in this country has had the same notice since 2010. Why does any business feel like they deserve or need an extension, when everyone else is required to get insurance or pay fines. It's a huge contradiction. You can't have it both ways. Either everyhone has to have insurance Jan. 1, 2014 or everyone gets an extension until 2015. Fair is fair. The new system is not currently into full effect yet and it's already starting off unfair to millions. It's not justifiable.

    July 20, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Larry in Houston

    ""businesses with more than 50 workers provide employees with health insurance. The mandate was pushed back until 2015"" ?? – LOL – Oh Brother !! You've got to be kidding me. 2015 now, LOL – well, the only good thing for this administration that they've got going is the fact that they're lucky they're going to get another Democrat, in 2016. But the biggest problem is : by the time 2016 rolls around, we will end up with a republican Senate – and the House will also remain in control w/ the republicans.

    July 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Dixie

    There is so much info on this program that is unknown. ENOUGH ALREADY! If this law is going to work there needs to be information sent to people so they can read it and make a decision. I have recieved nothing via mail and let's face it not eveyone has computor access. There are some that are scared to death of computors and some who can't afford one. They only know what is in the paper or on TV. When Medicare part D was put in place all forms of information were used from townhall meetings to computor info to news to snail mail. No chance to say "I did't know." this is needed now. People are scared of this and in all this time we still don't know what it's all about. It seems the "train wreck" is the information needed to get people enrolled.

    July 20, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Hector Slagg

    There is an old saying. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Federal Government has no business in the Medical Business, the Welfare Business, no business collecting and disbursing money in most cases. Another old saying, You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. With Obama Care now apporching 27 thousand pages of Rules and Regulations just how long do you think it will take to get it Implented?

    July 20, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Anthony

    In Saturday's weekly address, Rep. Todd Young of Indiana called the move "great news for big businesses."

    So, Republicans are acknowledging that Obamacare's business mandate affect big, instead of small, business. Will they also acknowledge that Obamacare's individual mandate affects only people who can afford to buy insurance, and people who can't afford insurance get a subsidy to buy PRIVATE insurance instead? Finally, will they acknowledge that Obamacare is not government-run insurance like Medicare but a government requirement to buy PRIVATE insurance (like auto insurance)?

    July 20, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Bessy

    No extensions ! Lets get this going and get some help for the people of this country. It will really be amazing once it is fully implemented and people see how much better off they are. Just more delaying tricks from the Republicans and the thing that always amazes me is how people get " sucked " into their BS.

    July 20, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. OK fine.

    Hector Slagg

    There is an old saying. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    -–

    The problem is, that it IS broke.
    The number of pages is irrelevant. Romney's tax return was 203 pages. Don't you think that a bill that affects over 20% of our economy is going to be large?

    July 20, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. wiseup:

    When FDR enacted social security employers voiced similar objections claiming it would cost jobs because employers had to match what employees were paying in. they got over it after years of complaining. Employers complain every time minimum wage goes up . Employers are complaining about Obama care. once it is enacted and employers have to voluntarily offer health care or accept Obama care or pay the extra fees after several years employers will realize they can't always keep every body at 30 hrs. forever and like social security it will be accepted

    July 20, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Jason

    OBAMACARE just another beaurocratic big government program. Just like abortion a government intrustion on the unborns right to life. Roe never had an abortion look it up. Taxes hiding in Obamacare for abortion because it was never read

    July 20, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. wiseup:

    Congress man should have their insurance done away with and they should have to buy into Obama care as well. what better way to fix this system if they have to see it first hand

    July 20, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Katie B

    Dixie, go to HealthCare.gov and you'll get a lot of your questions answered. If you live in a state - like I do here in NC - where the governor is doing everything he can to make it fail you have to work a little harder to educate yourself. Then you can share that info with the folks you know. I can't wait! The insurance company estimates my premiums will be cut in half!!

    July 20, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Evergreen

    Congress should lead by example. If government sponsored healthcare is so bad they should give up thier taxpayer paid health plan and enter the for profit healthcare system. I am sure some of them have preexisting problems and would not be able to get coverage.

    July 20, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. king

    ain't this strange, the same repubs who went into mass depression over judge
    Roberts taking the side of the supreme court liberals not to kill the employer mandate, now they are suddenly crying that without the mandate the law wont work. when will these repubs stop playing the hypocritical card. they sound like a bunch of confuse children that cannot get what they want so they throw a tantrum. if this law was bad for this country i think the repubs will be routing for it, but they are scared as hell, because the economy disaster they've predicted haven't happened, and the law is bringing down premiums for the average Americans, and cutting the deficit its more than the repus can bare. their time is running out to get rid of this law before it start benefiting the people, and allow folks to start liking it, like the way they love social security, medicare, and medicaid, all of which repubs claimed would destroy our country and the people wouldn't like it, too bad for them because you cannot take away the average American social security because that means war. i think the repubs have called wolf too many times and always ending up on the wrong side of the gate.

    July 20, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    If there was no problem with people getting access to health care without insurance (that in most cases rations care), then this wouldn't be needed. The problem is that there seems to be a disconnect with the conservatives and GOP about helping the average and downtrodden with getting access to AFFORDABLE health care. The ER isn't affordable.

    July 20, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Oh Hector, come on. If it ain't broken?
    What about our medical system is not broken? Ranks right up there among the worst in the world, with the American people paying more then anyone else in the world. I suggest you wake up and smell the freshly brewed coffee.

    July 21, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |