Republicans to Obama: Delay individual mandate
August 17th, 2013
06:01 AM ET
8 months ago

Republicans to Obama: Delay individual mandate

(CNN) - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, called on the president Saturday to delay the individual mandate in the health care law that requires Americans to obtain insurance or face a penalty.

The GOP-controlled House passed a bill this summer urging the administration to do so, but the bill has no future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The administration already announced it would delay a provision requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide insurance.

"It’s time for your Senate to pass – and for you to sign – the House’s bipartisan delay of the individual mandate," the congresswoman said in the GOP weekly address. "Let’s delay this health care law not just for some, but for all Americans."

Read a full transcript of her remarks below.

It’s time for your Senate to pass – and for you to sign – the House’s bipartisan delay of the individual mandate.

Hi I'm Shelley Moore Capito, and I represent West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

Last month, members of both parties came together in the House to pass legislation delaying the individual mandate in the president’s health care law.

Because you and your family deserve the same relief the president gave to big businesses by delaying the employer mandate – it’s only fair.

Actually, it’s more than fair when you look at how this law is already raising costs, hurting jobs, and reducing access to the plans and the doctors you like.

Recent developments have proven the wisdom – and the urgency – of this bipartisan vote.

More companies have said that because of this law, they’ll have to shift full-time workers to part-time and lay off others altogether.

More states have detailed the rate shock consumers will soon experience.

And just days ago, it came to light that the president gave big businesses another pass – this time at the behest of insurance companies that say they need more time to comply. Meanwhile, yes, you and your family are expected to adhere to all the prescribed mandates, as scheduled.

Where’s the fairness in that?

The president claims this law is “working the way it’s supposed to,” but clearly it’s not. Not when the administration is missing deadlines, issuing waivers, and granting delays hand over fist. Things have become so bad that the administration wants to rely on the ‘honor system’ to verify who is eligible for subsidies. Senator Max Baucus was right about this law he helped write: it’s a ‘train wreck.’

The need for the bipartisan, House-passed delay of the individual mandate couldn’t be plainer. Yet, even though the president has already signed seven bills that repeal or defund parts of this law, he has threatened to veto this one.

Mr. President, in light of this latest unfair delay, we ask you to reconsider. It’s time for your Senate to pass – and for you to sign – the House’s bipartisan delay of the individual mandate. Let’s delay this health care law not just for some, but for all Americans. That would only be fair. That would be government working the way it’s supposed to.

For now, Republicans will continue to work to protect all Americans from the president’s health care law so we can focus on patient-centered reforms that actually lower costs and help jobs.

Thank you for listening, and enjoy your weekend.


Filed under: Health care • Shelley Moore Capito
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Listen; GOP/Tea Folks; I'm trying to do better...don't push me to calling you names."

    LOL. The key word being "trying" ? Take it from me ... it ain't easy. And, yes, they are a sad lot. A very vocal group of the most unhappy and dissatisfied folks I've ever come across.

    August 18, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Marcus

    'For now, Republicans will continue to work to protect all Americans from the president’s health care law so we can focus on patient-centered reforms that actually lower costs and help jobs.'

    Nice words, but what were the alternatives proposed to 'obamacare' by the GOP?
    A wishlist (full of acts that had no visible way to be implemented, paid for or simply put in motion) at the time the law was being crafted, and nothing else ever since.

    And where are the job bills they ran on in 2010?
    All the bills that the GOP controled House made and were shot down by the senate either had an Anti Obamcare provision in it, or an anti 'Roe vs Wade' in it or a 'let's pretend we won back the Senate and White House' delirious fantasy in it, even if it was somehow a job bill.
    A 'clean' (with no tricky attachment) job bill is yet to seen in the House.

    August 18, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Just a thought

    can you say "single payer"? But that would freak out the GOP/Tea folks...if we think we have problems with them now, that would really start a melt down. Which might be good in a way...I guess

    August 18, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. awlgrip2

    Just a thought

    can you say "single payer"? But that would freak out the GOP/Tea folks...if we think we have problems with them now, that would really start a melt down. Which might be good in a way...I guess
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    Do you have any idea what single payer means? Let me give you a clue......the Gov't wants to control yet another aspect of your life...Sorry, I don't need to have my hand held...............

    August 18, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. ST

    Republicans must understand that healthcare is the necessity and not a luxury. Every citizen must have it and it doesn't come without responsibility, which is to obtain insurance. Some never take things seriously and always need to be pushed. That why the law on Health Care which is the individual mandate was put in place and everyone must abide to it.

    August 18, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. wendel

    republicans are a disgusting bunch of human beings. It scares the crap out of them that affordable care act is working so well in California and New York Mass and Minn. They have no answers and no idea how to help the American people. The party of No should just shut up and go back to threating Tv networks. So much for free speach.

    August 18, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Just a thought

    awlgrip2

    Just a thought

    can you say "single payer"? But that would freak out the GOP/Tea folks...if we think we have problems with them now, that would really start a melt down. Which might be good in a way...I guess
    *********************************************************************
    Do you have any idea what single payer means? Let me give you a clue......the Gov't wants to control yet another aspect of your life...Sorry, I don't need to have my hand held...............
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    Awwwww....Grow up an pull up your tighties.....ever heard of Medicare? or are you one of those keep your gubmit hands off my medicare? You need to adjust your little tinfoil hat or at minimum get out of the faux news fruit loops bubble. There is a whole world out there and you need to get a clue from some where. The idea of single payer would drive costs down...without a doubt...but probably do away with millions of jobs of underwriters that drop people off their insurance. The ACA is not perfect but its better than leaving the health system to the devices of people only interested in profits as opposed to saving lives. But of course people like you couldn't possibly grasp that concept.

    August 18, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. morriekurt

    Repubs are dead beats who wants to run to

    August 18, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Travis

    A comparison to a previous president is a waste of time. Whether Bush took more time off is not important because the conversation is about this man. I really hoped he would do well as president but clearly he is more interested in being a celebrity than in being the president. Of course, if I had no idea what I was doing I would prob be playing golf too. This is what happens with you let a man with very little experience in running anything become president of the united states. He kills american citizens with drones, constantly misleads the public, and is values himself as untouchable. Golf, ladies and gentlemen, is the least of our problems.

    August 18, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. FidyCents

    Will this would fly in the face of every progressive dream out there if Obama delays the individual mandate. We all know that the Democrats and Obama care less about the working man but will go to great lengths to protect big business.

    August 18, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Steveo

    @Just a thought
    All you smart, intelligent people need to stop calling the GOP/Republican/Tea Party/Conservative Folks ugly names...i.e. clueless, American Taliban, stupid, racist, bigots, faux news and fools watchers. I've been doing that and I'm trying to reform. In fact, I'm learning it does't matter to their supporters. These people actually are unable to see the problems of this country and accept a pragmatic view for fixing them. These GOP/Republican/TeaParty folks have just resigned themselves to accepting bad judgment . Its sad really. Listen; GOP/Tea Folks; I'm trying to do better...don't push me to calling you names. Try to make a logical argument and help me be more affable towards you.
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    Kudos for trying. We all can do better!

    August 18, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Pete

    @Travis,this Pres.Obama in the time alotted has done more by mistake than both Bushs did on purpose and that's with a none functioning congress bent on killing this country at our expense. There's been nothing productive from any republican to help America ,its people since his inaugeration and you know I'm right if you've read or saw the news since again his inaugeration so don't slander what you don't know!!

    August 18, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Jeff

    How about Democrats...they want individuals to pay? They are enemies of the people in this country as usual.

    August 18, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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