House Passes Bipartisan Bills to Delay Mandates for Employers and Individuals Under the President’s 2010 Health Care Law

Jul 17, 2013 Issues: Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today voted to delay both the employer mandate and the individual mandate under the President’s 2010 health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

“The employer mandate provides a perverse incentive for companies to drop their employees from health plans that are otherwise working and are embraced by the employees themselves,” stated Thompson. “This is far from the underlying goal of providing coverage to the uninsured.”

On July 2nd the Administration announced a delay of the employer mandate for one year. However, the Administration's authority to unilaterally change the law is uncertain. 

H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, which would delay implementation of the law’s employer mandate for one-year, passed by a vote of 264-161

“American taxpayers deserve the same relief that is being given to the business community, which is why the House acted to also delay the individual mandate,” Thompson stated. “Passage of the Fairness for American Families Act will extend the delay of these mandates to all Americans.”

H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act, which would delay implementation of the law’s individual mandate for one-year, passed by a vote of 251-174

“This relief must eventually be made permanent by a full repeal and replacement of this fundamentally unworkable and flawed policy,” Thompson added.

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