Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Robert Hurt on Obamacare and Its Delays

From Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA-5):

The House also remains committed to repealing and replacing the President's health care law as we learn more and more about its harmful effect on our economy. And the Obama Administration’s recent decisions to roll back key provisions of the law signify that it too recognizes the devastating effect this 20,000 page document is having on our struggling economy.

First, the Administration announced that it postponed the enforcement of the employer mandate, a central element of the President’s health care law, for one year, creating more uncertainty and simply delaying the great costs associated with this provision. This is evidence that the Administration recognizes that the law is too complex, unworkable, and does not have the support of the American people. The Administration should now provide individuals and families the same relief it offers businesses by eliminating the individual mandate.

Four days later, the Administration released the news that it will now rely on the honor system to verify individual eligibility for insurance subsidies created by the law. Given that fraud is already rampant in our Medicare and Medicaid systems, it is completely irresponsible for the Administration to abandon its antifraud measures, and expect hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill for the indisputable abuse that will result from the lack of verification.

We in the House of Representatives have long acknowledged what the people of Virginia’s 5th District have expressed since day one: the President’s health care law is bad for business, bad for jobs, and bad for the American people. That is why we will continue to fight to repeal this flawed, misguided law in its entirety, and replace it with patient-centered reforms that will lower costs for all Americans.

Replacing is important, Fellow Americans. Don't let the lazier-minded sort of Democrats whine that people who care about keeping the U.S. economy alive somehow don't care about keeping lower-income Americans alive. (Make'em face it: "lower-income Americans" mostly means young people and retired people, which means our own personal parents and children. Of course we want them to have medical care.)