Delaying Unfair Mandates on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
This past week on July 17th, 2013, the House voted to delay the individual healthcare mandate (requiring citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a fine) and the employer mandate (requiring businesses to provide health insurance to their employees). The vote on the individual mandate was 251-174; the vote on the employer mandate was 264-161. The Senate could take these votes up and pass or block them. Call Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman at (202) 224-3121. Ask them to vote for these measures if they come before the Senate.
Following the votes, the Obama Administration said “It’s time for the Congress to stop fighting old political battles and join the President in an agenda focused on providing greater economic opportunity and security for middle-class families and all those working to get into the middle class.”
Now, perhaps through no fault of his own, President Obama simply has been too busy trying to get people to join him rather than reading Article I Section I of the Constitution: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” This lays out very clearly who has the right to delay and create laws – Congress, not the Executive Branch. The President can’t pick and choose which laws he likes best simply to fit his own interests and legacy.
Recently here at home, it was announced that Baptist Health will soon lay off 170 employees due to rising costs and increased government regulations.
But we can’t let a few lost jobs get in the way of a warm-and-fuzzy narrative! Former Congressman Mike Ross says he “fully supports the recent passage of Arkansas’s so-called Medicaid Private Option” to help “get results for middle-class families all across this state.” But this isn’t really a surprise. As a Congressman he was the deciding vote that got the PPACA bill out of his House Energy and Commerce Committee.
At the current national level, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor has also defended the implementation of the individual and employer mandates. Pryor says, “hundreds of thousands of hard-working Arkansans will now have access to affordable and reliable healthcare. I commend Republicans and Democrats for working together to improve access to healthcare and using the funding provided through the Affordable Care Act to benefit the people and economy of Arkansas.” Of course, he’s been a long time supporter of the President’s policies.
By voting to delay the individual and employer mandates, the House is working to clean up the mess that Mike Ross and Senator Pryor helped create. It’s a shame that despite both Ross and Pryor having great intentions to help the middle class, they are actually creating and supporting laws which end up hurting them – by taking jobs away from hard working Arkansas citizens and taking away a business’ choice in how to manage their own company.
It’s pretty simple: Arkansas can’t afford this and companies are beginning to feel the heat. Small businesses continue to be burdened by higher health insurance costs and increased taxes. This legislative delay in healthcare mandates proves this law has a lot of problems the Obama Administration hasn’t worked out – yet Obama, Ross, and Pryor still want Arkansas to pay for it. Perhaps these men should notice that voting to repeal an agenda nearly forty times might just mean the people know what’s better for themselves than they do.
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