Dear Senator Rubio:
On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud you for introducing legislation to postpone the harmful health insurance mandates in the President’s health care law until its exchanges are functioning properly. The Delay Until Fully Functional Act of 2013 would postpone the mandate for individuals and employers to purchase health insurance until they are allowed decent access to the American Health Benefit Exchanges that have been ridden with glitches, errors, and blackouts since their rollout this month.
On October 1st, millions of uninsured Americans eagerly awaited to purchase the “affordable” health insurance they were promised only to be confronted with inexcusable technical difficulties. Login information was lost by the government, Social Security numbers in some states were compromised, and broken calculators misquoted customers on how much insurance would cost them. Sadly, this disastrous rollout is a mere preview of the train wreck the American health care industry will face in the coming years under the President’s health reforms unless action is taken.
The individual mandate has myriad additional problems, both in policy and in principle. The burden of this so-called tax will overwhelmingly fall on the middle-income individuals and families who continue to struggle in the down economy.
This mandate should be repealed entirely because it will have onerous effects on American individuals, but delaying them is a strong step in the right direction. As such, Americans for Prosperity is proud to the Delay Until Fully Function Act of 2013. I urge your colleagues to support their passage, and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Nicole M. Kaeding
Interim Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity