GOP Doctor’s Caucus: Employer Mandate Delay Underscores Need For Full Repeal

We received this from the GOP Doctor’s Caucus, and since we have GOP Congressmen in Georgia who are doctors, consider this a primer to discuss all things Obamacare:

The House GOP Doctors Caucus today cited the Obama administration’s decision to postpone the requirement for businesses to cover their workers under Obamacare as further need for full repeal of the law.

 

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (GA-11): The Obama administration’s announcement it will postpone implementation of the employer mandate due to the enormous regulatory burden on businesses is proof positive that the law is a job-killer. This demonstrates, yet again, the need for full repeal of this disastrous law, not simply a delay. The federal takeover of one-sixth the economy raises taxes on small business owners and middle class families, guts Medicare, and will irreparably harm the doctor-patient relationship. Instead, we need state-based reforms that will lower costs, give patients more control of their insurance policies, increase access, and ensure a high standard of care.

Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01): The delay of the employer mandate – while maintaining the requirement for individuals to purchase insurance – shows once again President Obama’s disregard for Congress and the rule of law. The only solution to the Obamacare train wreck is full repeal and a renewed effort to pass real health care reform that lowers the cost of care and increases access to more Americans.

 

Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA-06): Obamacare’s expense is killing jobs and is too great for businesses to handle. This delay in implementing the employer mandate acknowledges this while encouraging employers to drop insurance coverage for their employees; taxpayers will pay more and deficits will increase. We must replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms which expand healthcare access without destroying jobs.

 

Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01): Yesterday’s announcement is a clear acknowledgement of what the American people have known for a while — Obamacare is bad for businesses, bad for families, and bad for this country. Instead of just a one year delay for businesses, the American people deserve a permanent delay from Obamacare’s bad medicine. In the end, this disastrous law needs to be repealed and replaced with patient-centered reforms that actually improve the quality and access to healthcare.

 

Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA-03): This latest action by the Administration shows exactly why I have opposed this law and fought to prevent this mandate from going into effect. I have introduced legislation, H.R. 903, the American Job Protection Act, to repeal the employer mandate. I am pleased the President now understands implementation of the employer mandate will hurt our economy. Delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate is not a long-term solution. It prolongs the problem and slows down economic recovery. Employers have been limiting new full-time hires and will continue to do so as long as this policy remains on the books.

 

Rep. Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (PA-18): Over the course of the past six months, our Oversight Subcommittee work has revealed countless flaws and fumbles. The bottom line is that this budget-busting law is not ready for primetime and I’m relieved to learn that the Administration is no longer pretending that all is well.

 

Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06): The decision by the Obama Administration to delay the implementation of the employer mandate is, in fact, an admission that this law is simply too overreaching, too intrusive, too unworkable and too destructive to the American people. If they can’t manage to enforce their own law after three years of preparation, what does this say about their ability to actually deliver health care?

 

Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04): Pundits suggest that this delay in Obamacare implementation past the 2014 election season is for political purposes, and they may well be correct. The truth is Obamacare is collapsing under the weight of its own tangled and costly bureaucracy. This dangerous experiment with one of the world’s best health care systems should never have been foisted on the American people. But President Obama saw it as the vehicle to push us toward government-controlled health care. The Obama Administration will try to spin this delay as an excuse for more regulations and government control, but the American people know it’s actually further proof that Obamacare needs to be scrapped and we need to restart health care reform with common sense, free market solutions. Implementation of this incredibly complex law is simply so difficult and impractical that even Democrats may plead for Congress to go back to the drawing board on health care reform.

 

Rep. Diane Black, R.N. (TN-06): The Obama administration’s announcement acknowledges what we already know: Obamacare is unworkable. Delaying a central tenet of Obamacare underscores the need to fully repeal this ill-conceived law and replace it with patient-centered, market-based health care reform.

 

Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX-26): In committee hearings, Secretary Sebelius has been repeatedly unwilling to admit that the administration is discussing contingency plans on how to handle the continuing failure of this law.  Yesterday’s decision shows that they clearly are discussing these plans.  This is a contingency that they thought they should deal with, lest it become a bad political liability going into next year, which is an election year.  They seem to be quickly realizing what many of us have been saying for a long time, that the Affordable Care Act as a whole is only going to get more unpopular as implementation starts.

 

Rep. Larry Buschon, M.D. (IN-08): President Obama is finally admitting that the Affordable Care Act is crushing small businesses and middle class jobs. It is unfortunate that he did not realize this before many 8th district businesses, local governments and school corporations cut the hours of employees because of this mandate. A one year delay is merely a band-aid when what is needed is a long term fix which starts with full repeal of Obamacare.

 

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02): President Obama is defying his own law by postponing the implementation of the employer mandate.  It’s clear evidence of Obamacare’s looming failure.  His decision, while good news for the moment, is merely a “stay of execution” for our economy and prolongs the uncertainty faced by employers.  It’s not a coincidence that the President wants to delay these terrible policies until after the 2014 elections to avoid the judgment of the American people. We need to completely repeal Obamacare now, and replace it with patient-centered reforms that actually improve healthcare in America

 

Rep. Paul Gosar, M.D. (AZ-04): Three years after Obamacare became law, its implementation looks a lot like a jenga tower: coming apart piece by piece and increasingly unsustainable. As Obamacare collapses under its own weight, we need to replace it with patient-centered and market-based reforms.

 

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R.N. (NC-02): Last night, the Obama administration conceded failure with a last minute decision to delay Obamacare. They postponed the requirement that companies with 50 or more workers either provide health insurance or pay fines of at least $2,000 per worker – which has already caused countless Americans to lose their jobs. Yet the average American will still suffer fines for failing to obtain individual insurance. By making this decision, President Obama and his administration have admitted failure for the law they forced upon the American people. Until now, the Obama administration has turned a deaf ear to countless witnesses, doctors, patients, and employers who have detailed the law’s negative impact on their families and their well-being. But with this delay, the administration has confessed that the danger is real. The jig is up. I will not rest until the entire law is dismantled and truly affordable, patient-centered, and flexible health care solutions are put into place. Only by placing doctors, patients, and their families first will we be able to retain a health care system that has been the envy of the world.

 

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30 comments

  1. Shorter GOP: We think the law is bad for you, yet we’d rather it be as bad as possible so more of you will vote for us. BTW, we had total control of government for 6 years and didn’t do anything on this issue.

    • elfiii says:

      @ Chris Huttman – “Shorter GOP: We think the law is bad for you, yet we’d rather it be as bad as possible so more of you will vote for us. BTW, we had total control of government for 6 years and didn’t do anything on this issue.”

      Shorter Democrat Party: We had the Presidency and super majorities in both house for 4 years and all you got was this lousy health care bill, a wrecked economy and high unemployment.

      • Shorter you:
        I do not know how to subtract 2010-2008 (really not even 2 years with Scott Brown’s election), or how to read an employment chart.

        But hey, that was a great argument for Republicans in 2012…keep making it!

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    “The federal takeover of one-sixth the economy…”

    Comments like this are going to make single payer easier to adopt because the public will have tuned out the federal takeover phrase.

  3. Harry says:

    Somehow we have to overcome the socialist notion that everyone in this country is owed equal medical services.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      After all, it’s not as if access to basic affordable medical care is necessary to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

      • Harry says:

        It’s not – no more than everyone gets to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a gated community of mcmansions.

        • Harry says:

          In reality, if you support the Obamacare policies, then you’re supporting the worst sort of inequality – an inequality that rewards special interests rather than rewarding value add to society of the free market.

          • Dave Bearse says:

            Ah yes, the free market where employers and insurance companies determine your doctors, services and care.

            • Harry says:

              Uh, no that’s not the competitive free market. That’s regulated oligopolistic special interests determining your doctors, services and care. And Obamacare has done nothing to reduce the influence and overhead of those special interests.

              • saltycracker says:

                Watching the industry morph, competitive health services is not in the making. It’s a good time to be cunning (innovative/educated), connected or corrupt.

            • seenbetrdayz says:

              So let me get this straight, the insurance companies are the bad guys and yet the Democrats pushed a bill that makes it illegal to not have insurance (i.e. do business with the insurance companies)?

              Dennis Kucinich was one of the few democrats who initially saw Obamacare for the corporate protectionism it is. Unfortunately, he got axed during redistricting.

              • Scott65 says:

                Hate to break it to you…but that was a republican demand. Democrats wanted the public option

                • seenbetrdayz says:

                  And I’m sure the democrats in power just couldn’t stand the thought of having 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure everyone has health insurance.

  4. Doug Deal says:

    Nothing demonstrates how detrimental the involvement of the Federal government is to the lives of its citizens than Obamacare.

    The Federal government needs to go back to dealing with issues that affect states and the macro things and leave the things that deal with the individual to the state and local governments as well as the individual.

  5. Scott65 says:

    See this for what it is…an oppo moment for a bunch of republicans who have tried to repeal OC 37 times now? This rule would only have significance for a business with over 50 employees that does NOT currently offer health care…thats it. Exchanges go live Oct 2013 (like in 3 months). I’d say within 2 months of re-election if not sooner, Deal will expand Medicaid because like it or not you’re still gonna pay for the states that do…thats whats so stupid about his stance forget the 600,000 who would receive benefits.
    Guess what Harry…you can pay for the emergency room for the poor (unmanaged/expensive) or Medicaid, but you will pay one of them in the long run (as long as you live in this country in the foreseeable future)

    • Harry says:

      All I’m saying is the country cannot attempt to provide one-size-fits-all healthcare. It’s not economically feasible given all the constraints imposed not by a free market, but by government protection of healthcare and related oligopolies. They may propagandize you into believing that everybody’s equal, but let’s see what your waiting period will be for healthcare as compared to a member of congress or someone who can afford to pay for upgraded service.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      My prediction is Deal changes his mind about Georgia participation the PPACA Medicaid expansion in August 2014.

        • Scott65 says:

          so he will buy in after he gets reelected…as has been said. We’re paying for it now. You can hate it all you want. Its the law and GA needs to be in a position to reap what benefits we can or else we are paying for other states who are.
          Harry, if you wanna go after monopolies/duopolies that really rape your checkbook…take a look at GA’s fixed line broadband providers…and they want to consolidate on top of it. “Stop The Cap” and the Institute for Self Reliance (sounds like a Harry type organization if there ever was one)
          http://www.muninetworks.org/

        • Dave Bearse says:

          I don’t think his changing his mind then is dumb. It won’t be sterling nor endearing from most perspectives.

  6. saltycracker says:

    Obamacare is a public train wreck and the Republican plan is a train with private cars.

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