Coats Notes: Congress Should Permanently Delay the "Unaffordable" Health Care Act

Senator Dan Coats
2013-07-12 18:47:19
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Congress Should Permanently Delay the "Unaffordable" Health Care Act Last week the Obama administration allowed businesses for one year to delay implementation of the employer mandate provision in the president's health care law. The mandate requires employers who have 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance coverage. The delay of the employer mandate, a key provision of Obamacare, is evidence that even the White House is realizing the many flaws of its own health care law. While the administration has conveniently delayed this job-killing mandate on employers until after the 2014 elections, problems with Obamacare are far from solved. The law defines a full-time employee as working 30 hours per week, which means employers would have an incentive to hire more part-time workers for whom they would not be required to offer health insurance under the law. For Hoosiers, this means fewer hours and lower wages at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet. Although the recent delay may provide temporary relief for some businesses, middle-class Hoosiers will not be spared. Unlike the employer mandate, the individual mandate, requiring uninsured Americans to purchase health insurance through government run "exchanges" or face stiff penalties, is still scheduled to go into effect. Meanwhile, health care premiums continue to rise and several new taxes on middle-class Americans will hit beginning in 2014. When President Obama signed his health care reform package into law back in March 2010, he said that the reforms would "lower costs for families and for businesses" and "help lift a decades-long drag on our economy." A law that was supposed to help workers, employers, families and our economy is doing the exact opposite. We all want to increase access to health care coverage and lower health care costs. But Obamacare is failing to achieve these goals, making our health care system weaker, not stronger. Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who helped write the health care law, recently expressed serious concerns about the implementation of Obamacare. Several other Democrats are starting to walk back support for provisions in the health care law and even the administration is issuing waivers and delays. We need to scratch the deeply flawed health care system this year and get to work on bipartisan, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and put patients, not bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions. If Democrats, Republicans and a majority of Americans agree this law is not working, then let's act now before Obamacare's full impact on our health care system and our fragile economy takes effect. 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Congress Should Permanently Delay the “Unaffordable” Health Care Act 


Last week the Obama administration allowed businesses for one year to delay implementation of the employer mandate provision in the president’s health care law. The mandate requires employers who have 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance coverage.

The delay of the employer mandate, a key provision of Obamacare, is evidence that even the White House is realizing the many flaws of its own health care law. While the administration has conveniently delayed this job-killing mandate on employers until after the 2014 elections, problems with Obamacare are far from solved. 

The law defines a full-time employee as working 30 hours per week, which means employers would have an incentive to hire more part-time workers for whom they would not be required to offer health insurance under the law. For Hoosiers, this means fewer hours and lower wages at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet. 

Although the recent delay may provide temporary relief for some businesses, middle-class Hoosiers will not be spared. Unlike the employer mandate, the individual mandate, requiring uninsured Americans to purchase health insurance through government run “exchanges” or face stiff penalties, is still scheduled to go into effect. Meanwhile, health care premiums continue to rise and several new taxes on middle-class Americans will hit beginning in 2014.
 
When President Obama signed his health care reform package into law back in March 2010, he said that the reforms would “lower costs for families and for businesses” and “help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” A law that was supposed to help workers, employers, families and our economy is doing the exact opposite.

We all want to increase access to health care coverage and lower health care costs. But Obamacare is failing to achieve these goals, making our health care system weaker, not stronger. 

Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who helped write the health care law, recently expressed serious concerns about the implementation of Obamacare. Several other Democrats are starting to walk back support for provisions in the health care law and even the administration is issuing waivers and delays.
 
We need to scratch the deeply flawed health care system this year and get to work on bipartisan, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and put patients, not bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions.

If Democrats, Republicans and a majority of Americans agree this law is not working, then let’s act now before Obamacare’s full impact on our health care system and our fragile economy takes effect.

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