ICYMI: Affordable Care Act – Anything But “Affordable”

Posted on 03/09/14 in Uncategorized, No Comments

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.R. 4118, the SIMPLE Fairness Act, which would eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate penalty tax for 2014. The Obama Administration has already unilaterally delayed the employee mandate, so it is only fair to extend relief to all Americans. The bill passed the House this week 250 to 160, with 27 Democrats joining the majority.

“We need to give some breathing room from this burdensome law to American families by delaying the individual mandate. Estimates show that some Americans are about to see their insurance premiums increase 100%. This new penalty tax will only add to the burden.”

Under the individual mandate, if Americans do not purchase a health insurance plan through an exchange, receive insurance through Medicaid, or receive employer sponsored coverage, they are subject to a new tax.

The vote comes on the heels of yet another announcement by the Obama Administration that it will alter another major provision of Obamacare without congressional consent.  Despite insisting for years that Americans would be able to keep their health plans, the administration is now seemingly admitting that is not the case and has moved to grandfather existing plans, which would have been cancelled by Obamacare, for an additional two years.

“It looks like election year politics to me,” said Congressman Simpson. “Rather than trying to work with Congress to fix the law, the administration is simply rewriting it to avoid the political repercussions of millions of Americans losing their health insurance plans in an election year.”

H.R. 4118 now moves to the Senate for consideration. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration, where unfortunately almost 195 House passed bills are currently being held up by the Democratic majority.  A comprehensive list of those bills can be viewed here http://majorityleader.gov/bill-tracker/.