Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin introduced commonsense legislation in the House of Representatives I think we can all support.
The bill, called the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, would require Congress to formally allow President Obama’s delaying of the employee mandate component of the Affordable Care Act.
In short, it’s a way to show the president that he doesn’t have unilateral power to simply force his will upon passed law as he sees fit. Griffin’s bill would require both the House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate to authorize the president’s delay of the employee mandate, partially on the grounds that it unfairly burdens those who don’t already receive insurance coverage from their employers, as the individual mandate deadline remains January 1, 2014.
Obamacare is bad law in general, but it only gets worse when Obama and his administration get to pick and choose which parts will be enforced, delayed, ignored, or arbitrarily adjusted while families and businesses are trying to prepare for it on the fly.
I oppose implementing Obamacare in its entirety, but at least the passing of Griffin’s bill would demonstrate to the president that he doesn’t get to play politics with his own massive healthcare law that is already damaging the economy and hurting hardworking Americans.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laughably claimed that “Obamacare has been wonderful for Americans,” a new study by economists from Northwestern, Chicago, and Columbia Universities all-but confirms what conservatives have been warning for 5 years: Obamacare, among its many other faults, will make our unemployment situation worse.
In addition to Griffin’s bill aimed at limiting the president’s power to alter Obamacare’s applications when no provisions for such were made when it originally passed (Republicans believe this is actually illegal), a second House bill this week will seek to delay the individual mandate portion of the ACA as well.
Delaying the mandate for businesses but not for individuals leaves thousands of hardworking Americans out of luck. While conservatives’ ultimate goal should be to fully repeal Obamacare, we can’t do that with Obama in the White House and a Democrat-controlled Senate. What we can do is take steps to slow it down, and try to soften the hardest of its economic blows. The House bills do just that.
By becoming a citizen cosponsor, you can help Representative Griffin show President Obama that he doesn’t have the power to play politics with his own health insurance law. Any changes or delays should have to be approved by Congress, not at the whims of a president looking to help Democrats in election years. And if it’s bad enough that businesses get a whole extra year before their mandate hits, families and individuals should too.