Reps. Davis, Walorski Call on President to Permanently Delay Health Care Law
Washington, DC – U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) led a letter to President Obama requesting the permanent delay of Obamacare for all Americans. Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed two bills to delay the employer and individual mandates in Obamacare for one-year, following the Administration’s announcement to delay implantation of the employer mandate, a key provision of the health care law.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has failed to deliver on its promises to the American people and will result in higher deficits, higher taxes, and higher costs. Your administration’s consistent inability to implement certain measures demonstrates that the law is unworkable and bad policy. The decision to delay provides relief for some Americans, but we believe all Americans deserve permanent relief from this burdensome law,” wrote the Representatives.
The letter was also signed by Representatives Susan Brooks, Andy Barr, Ann Wagner, Brad Wenstrup, Chris Collins, Chris Stewart, David Joyce, Doug LaMalfa, George Holding, Jim Bridenstine, Kerry Bentivolio, Kevin Cramer, Paul Cook, Randy Weber, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Roger Williams, Scott Perry, Steve Daines, Steve Stockman, and Ted Yoho.
A similar letter was sent last week by all 45 Republican Senators.
Full Text of the Letter:
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We write to express grave concern regarding your administration’s insistence that temporary delays will resolve all of the problems associated with implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, P.L. 111-148). Your administration’s recent decision to delay the employer mandate for a year concedes what the American people have been saying since day one—this law will not work. This is why we ask you to permanently delay the entire law.
This is not the first time one of the law’s costly and burdensome measures has failed to be implemented. In fact, there is a growing list of programs that your administration has abandoned, delayed, or revised. The Community Living Assistance Services and Support Program, or CLASS ACT, is just one example. This unsustainable program was abandoned by your administration after finding it was too costly and too complex to implement.
After your administration realized it would inevitably fail to meet a deadline for the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, your officials decided to delay the option workers were promised for choosing from multiple insurance carriers and, in the meantime, decided employers would pick one insurance provider for all employees. The uncertainty stemming from an inability to fulfill what was promised to these small businesses is inexcusable.
Many Americans will join health insurance exchanges at the end of this year; however, the promise of completion appears far from reality as government officials have missed several recent deadlines. In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that “many state activities remain to be completed and some were behind schedule.” In addition, the costs to build these health insurance exchanges ballooned to $4.4 billion for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and will reach $5.7 billion in 2014. These ever-growing costs demonstrate just how unaffordable the PPACA is.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has failed to deliver on its promises to the American people and will result in higher deficits, higher taxes, and higher costs. Your administration’s consistent inability to implement certain measures demonstrates that the law is unworkable and bad policy. The decision to delay provides relief for some Americans, but we believe all Americans deserve permanent relief from this burdensome law. We urge you to permanently delay the implementation of this law in its entirety.
Jackie Walorski Rodney Davis
Member of Congress Member of Congress