House Speaker John Boehner renewed his vow to abolish President Barack Obama’s health-care law after the Republican-controlled chamber voted to postpone two of the legislation’s key provisions.
“Obamacare is bad for America,” Boehner said in a taped interview for “Face the Nation” on CBS that airs on Sunday, according to an excerpt released by the network.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that it never happens,” the Ohio Republican said.
The House this week voted to delay by a year the enforcement of both the employer mandate and a centerpiece of the health law: the requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine.
In Saturday's weekly GOP address, Reps. Tim Griffin and Todd Young urged Senate Democrats to allow a vote on legislation to protect all Americans from Obamacare mandates. Griffin, of Arkansas, and Young, of Indiana, spoke about the delays in the Obamacare plan and call for protective measures to be taken.
"As Americans, we want to see our children have the same opportunities we’ve had," said Griffin. "We want them to work hard and have a fair shot at achieving success. So whenever Washington helps businesses and ignores families and workers, Americans have a duty to speak up."
The Democratic Obama administration announced earlier this month that it would delay until 2015 a mandate that U.S. businesses with 50 or more workers provide their employees with health insurance.
“If Obamacare was workable, why did the president announce he wasn’t going to enforce the employer mandate?” Boehner asked in the CBS interview.
Young said the Obama administration's plans to delay the employer mandate in the healthcare law has left many hardworking taxpayers asking "what about me? What about my family?" when it comes to the looming mandate that all Americans obtain insurance.
"After all, the law's mandates are just as daunting for individuals ," said Young. "And they don’t have an army of lawyers, lobbyists and accountants at their disposal to make sense of it all. The government just put out an additional 145 pages of regulations on the individual mandate alone. How are ordinary citizens supposed to keep up?"
Griffin said Republicans understand how Obamacare is worrying the American public, and said that if the president is helping out businesses by exempting them from mandates, "he ought to give the same relief to folks like you."
Young, who sponsored the House "Fairness for American Families Act," which provides the same mandate relief to individuals as business enjoy, said many Democrats voted against the measure and to "stand with big business and against fairness for individuals and families."
Obama has also threatned a veto on the proposals, said Young, which Republicans are urging him to reconsider.
"We take that to mean he thinks it’s fair to let businesses off the hook while leaving middle-class families in harm’s way," said Young. "Well, it most certainly is not, and we urge him to reconsider his veto threat. We also call on Democratic leaders in the Senate to give our proposals a vote immediately in the name of fairness."
Griffin said the whole Obamacare plan "is a train wreck, plain and simple," and Young noted that "the sooner we can delay, dismantle, and repeal the president’s health care law, the sooner we can get people back to work and focus on expanding opportunity for everyone."
The Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to take up the House measures, which Senator Patty Murray of Washington called “pointless pandering.”
Obama defended his health law at the White House on Thursday.
“Health-care costs have slowed drastically in some areas since we passed the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “New competition, new choices, market forces are pushing costs down.”
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