Senator Roberts: Delay of Business Mandate for Obamacare Will Cause Uncertainty

By: From Senator Pat Roberts
By: From Senator Pat Roberts

WASHINGTON, DC -- Just days after U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) delivered the National Republican Weekly Address warning Kansans and the American people of the problems with the implementation and costs of Obamacare, the Obama Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the mandate or tax on small and large businesses until after the 2014 election.

“During a holiday week, after a leak to the media, and while the President is out of the country, the Obama Administration was forced to confirm, on a blog no less, what we have been saying all along - Obamacare is not ready and is not what was promised to Americans. This latest delay, based on cynical election year politics, is bound to ensure Americans will face yet more problems and higher costs across the health care spectrum.”

“Americans are all too aware that the uncertainty caused by the President’s health care law and the fear of Obamacare’s penalties and taxes has caused our nation’s key job creators, small businesses, to stop hiring, move full time employees to part time, or simply cut employees all together.

"Worse still, some employers are determining the most affordable option for their businesses may be to drop health care coverage for employees altogether and simply pay the mandated tax. It may save them money and employees can still purchase coverage on the individual exchange….or so they say. Will the administration delay these exchanges too?

“This mandate or tax on businesses which I never supported, was also designed by Democrats as a revenue raiser for the law’s onerous and costly provisions. What does this loss of revenue mean to the whole Obamacare formula? Greater taxes and greater premiums for all.

“This follows thousands of waivers the Administration has granted corporations, unions and other groups. My question is again, where is the waiver for the average family in Kansas? The delay announced yesterday will mean more Americans cannot keep the coverage they have. The delay will add more Americans into the exchanges, will result in more people eligible for taxpayer subsidies, and will send health care costs soaring.

“Last weekend I warned that one major national insurer, Aetna decided not to participate in California’s exchange for the individual market, I predicted others would follow suit and drop coverage for even more Americans. This week we learned United Healthcare would also drop coverage for thousands in California. Who is next?

“This law is fundamentally flawed and should be repealed and replaced with step by step reforms.”

Roberts is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Ranking Member of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and is Co-Chairman of the Senate Rural Health Caucus. Senator Roberts is an outspoken opponent of Obamacare.

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