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

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. rs

    Remember this friends, the GOP- and Mr. Romney were the liars who said: "Americans will always have access to health care as long as there are E.R.s".
    That is their health care solution. Drive up costs for everyone to pay for the growing numbers of Americans who cannot afford healthcare insurance. The very same problem that has driven up health care costs at record rates for the last 20 years.
    They are unable to explain that the pieces of the ACA currently in effect have contributed to the lowest increase in health insurance in the last 20 years, and in states setting up exchanges dramatic cost reductions.

    August 17, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    This is what has become of the mighty Grand Old Party? One lie after another lie. How shameful. I haven't a clue (nor does the GOP have a clue) of what the GOP has planned for these folks who they are pushing to opt out of affordable medical coverage, but it certainly can't be defined as "a kinder – gentler" outreach.

    "Grand" has become an oxymoron to the Grand Old Party ... there is NO grand anymore in the GOP.

    August 17, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    West Virginia? Really?

    August 17, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. smith

    I chuckle at some of these comments..They sound just they did in 2008. "Hope, Change, I can`t wait, this is great" Where is all the greatness? are taxes keep going up and will continue to go up. FYI, ACA is a tax.

    August 17, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. 1Joyce

    Does it bother any of you Obamacare supporters that Obama is picking and choosing who will be forced to use his healthcare plan? It is not true that "if we like our doctor or insurance plan we can keep it". He set this up for that promise to fail. He is enticing businesses to stop providing insurance simply by making the fine less that what it would cost to insure employees. Thus, we will NOT necessarily be able to keep the healthcare plan we like. Before this even passed, our doctors told us they would quit if Obamacare passed. They kept their word. We are now looking for new physicians. Look at all his cronies and unions who have been given reprives. I do not want government looking at my healthcare, and hiring God knows who to implement this. The people being hired to "help" us aren't even having a background check. Guess that goes with the new plan to not allow businesses to do background checks on potential employees. This is ripe for fraud. Sickening.

    August 17, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. nintex

    Don't you want to be a fly on the wall when Michele Bachmann gets her rebate check from the insurance company? We all know she'll put it right back in the envelope and mail it back to the government because she wouldn't want anything to do with that evil "Obamacare!" (which fortunately she didn't get a chance to repeal on the first day of her presidency). Don't you want to be a fly on the wall when some Tea Party person's grandchild is born with a condition that would exclude him or her from receiving medical insurance? And suddenly the Tea Party person realizes -"Hey! This is going to actually help me! They've been lying to me!" I'd love to be a fly on the wall when a Tea Party person is in danger of losing their health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and all of a sudden the Affordable Care Act is there to help them. Oh, the irony!

    August 17, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. michael

    Retardlicans are so out of touch! This president already had diminished the deficit by over 800 million dollars (retardlicans, teabaggers or CNN will not discuss) without help from these rightwing nutjobs! Now, that ACA has lowered premiums, prescription cost, the GOP without a leg to stand on, but lies, distortions, misleading statements, deception and incendiary or inflammatory statements of anti-government rhetoric. President Obama do not give in to anymore of their demands! They are an ignorant bunch without ideas with a one word vocabulary "no"

    August 17, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. rs

    This is what has become of the mighty Grand Old Party? One lie after another lie.
    A product no doubt of the astro-turf, big oil fueled "grass roots" TEA Party and the psychosis of their "Birthers". It is (for me) amazing to see the Republican Party go from the patriotic, pro-American, economically conservative pragmatic party my parents belonged to post war (and that I belonged to in the 1970s), to the Taliban-like, anti-government, anti-freedom, anti-American group it has become today. I have come to believe that whatever the Republicans advocate for now automatically is simply bad for me, the middle class and America as a whole.

    August 17, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Shelley Moore-Capito is the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore, who was the most crooked, bought and paid for by the Coal Barons, person to ever run over the State of WV. She appears to be just like daddy.

    August 17, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Pete

    Hey posters Pres Roosevelt while trying to upright our country after Pres.Hoover a republican put US in the Great Depression that took 12 years to correct still had the inspiration to help create, inact SocialSecurity...And Pres.LB Johnson after Kennedys assasination helped create,inact Medicare against the republicans who said it was a government handout ,welfare scheme and look how many depend on both now...My question to all republicans ,what have any of your presidents,reps given this country,citizens to help like democrates have..Please chime in when you have anything outside the negetives of wars,depresssions,recessions to actually help America and its people,I'll wait but not forever!!

    August 17, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Thomas

    For the past five years the GOP said they had better ides for America regarding healthcare . They did not , they had only the same old same old, do nothing Big Pharma , Big Insurance lobby .

    They Lied !

    August 17, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Tyr

    At least they're evolving from voting to repeal it 40 times to just delaying parts of it. Smdh

    August 17, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.: "I know people in west. Virginia and I'm suprised they would be suckers in by the GOP bs and propaganda."

    I'm not surprised; the GOP has mastered manipulating people's fears about and prejudices against the black man in the White House. The GOP has also mastered using emotion and pseudo-logic to convince people to vote against their own self-interest.

    Reminds me of con artists and grifters taking advantage of the gullible and the weak. I pity the poor fools who continue to let this happen to them – and who don't have the stones to admit they've been HAD by the GOP.

    August 17, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. simon-sez

    Is anyone taking republicans seriously anymore? Im sure some do. Only because they have nowhere else to go. But honestly, do republicans think we have forgotten who signed our butts into the gret recession? They claim to be "working to protect all americans" ha! Tea party, libertarian, republican. Psychos.

    August 18, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  15. labman57

    Ever since it was signed into law, the Congressional GOP has been determined to make their proclamation that "Obamacare is a failure" become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    The all-too-real fear was that the public would grow wise to all of their hype about "the socialist evils of Obamacare" and their prognostications regarding "the end of society as we know it" ... once the legislation was fully implemented.

    They're well past terrified - they are pretty much resigned to the realization that the nation will not fall asunder, insurance rates will drop significantly in those states that have implemented the policies, more people will be able to obtain affordable coverage, and the GOP will be peeling dried egg from their faces for the next two election cycles.

    August 18, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. IndianaDobie

    The Affordable Care Act provisions that are due to take affect in 2014 all need to be put on hold. The law was designed to work together. Employers were supposed to offer coverage or pay a fine – that was, in large part, how the subsidies that were to be given to individuals were to be paid for. Now employers will neither be required to offer the coverage nor will they be subject to fines. So where will the money to pay for the subsidies given to individuals come from? No where – it will just be put on the national credit card. That is not acceptable.

    August 18, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  17. Thomas

    Did Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia pic her top to match her prescription glasses , or was it the other way around . And who paid for her prescription glasses , dose she have glasses in other colors to match her other outfits ?

    August 18, 2013 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  18. Chow

    Let's delay Republicans

    August 18, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  19. necronn99

    Stupid Democrats and Liberals. FREE just got very expensive.

    August 18, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  20. Marie MD

    I guess the rethugs/teatrolls still believe that ERs are the answer for all our ills. Been to an ER lately? Not cheap even with insurance. The twit's Massachusetts is the prime example that Obamacare works.
    Then again we know the repugs would rather you die. Let's face it. Congress has the best and cheapest medical insurance in the US. Why should we all have the same? How dare the ghost of the middle class and the poor want what they have! We are just the ones who have given them all the perks with our votes.

    August 18, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    GOP is feeding with lies for more than fifty years while America was uneducated. Knock on the wood, USA now knows.

    August 18, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  22. texasnotea

    The gop is still in denial from the election.They truly believe they lost because Obama cheated, They believe Americans really wanted Romney but they wee cheated out of it by what they call "gifts". However, this is a really good thing for the Dem's because as long as gop'ers are focused on trying to discredit Obama, the gop'ers have their eye off the ball and are alienating voters. Keep up the good work. It is like a sports team blaming the officials for them losing instead of getting better players or better management or both.

    August 18, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. 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.

    August 18, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Of course the GOP is against obamacare, healthcare for you and your families while they use taxpayer funded healthcare got their families , and their against soc sec and Medicare for your patents, why would anyone vote for these losers, even republicans have parents so vote democrat in 2014 midterms and kick these clowns to the curb!!!!!

    August 18, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Just a thought

    This lady along with her GOP/Tea publicans are really what's wrong with this congress and why the approval ratings are in the tank. There is a section of folks that believe only in faux news fruit loops and friends foolishness and their brains have ceased to properly function....I'm saying this nicely as II try to turn over a new leaf...but DON"T push me Tea folks! grrrrrrrr

    August 18, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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