House Votes to Delay Costly Health Law Requirements for Families and Job Creators
Jul 19, 2013 -
As we approach the implementation date of some of the most complex elements of the 2010 health law, I have continued to hear concerns about the impact the law will have on the Inland Empire and national economy. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the labor force will be reduced by 800,000 workers by 2021 as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In anticipation of the law’s most onerous mandates, taxes, and regulatory burdens, large and small businesses across the country have reduced work hours and scaled back plans to expand and hire new workers. Families here in the Inland Empire are still working as hard as they can to recover the lost ground of the 2008 economic downturn. It would be irresponsible for the federal government to inhibit our tepid recovery when millions of hard-working Americans are still struggling to find work, keep their homes, and support their families.
In an acknowledgement of how fundamentally flawed the law is, the Obama Administration recently announced that it would delay enforcement of the employer mandate – which requires businesses with over 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a penalty - until January 2015. Amidst concerns over the legality of this action, I supported legislation passed by the House this week that would provide congressional authority for the employer mandate delay. In addition, the House passed H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act, which would also delay the PPACA’s requirement that individuals acquire health insurance or pay a tax penalty. I supported this measure because I believe that if employers are going to receive a delay from the PPACA’s requirements individual workers and families deserve equal treatment.
For far too long, affordable, quality health coverage has remained out of reach for millions of hard-working American families. We should not simply return to the broken system of the past that facilitated this situation. However, the PPACA remains seriously flawed and I believe these delays are necessary. As we move forward, I will work with my colleagues to find common-sense, bipartisan solutions that will bring down costs, expand access, and protect our nation’s seniors without making it difficult for small businesses to succeed.
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