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McConnell: Delaying Obamacare Employer Mandate Proves Need for Repeal

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By Melanie Batley   |   Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 10:04 AM

Delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate is evidence the entire healthcare law is unworkable and should be repealed, says Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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In an op-ed piece for Politico, the Senate minority leader contends that delaying the employer mandate while leaving in place the requirement that individuals have coverage only magnifies problems for ordinary Americans.

"A few months after one of the law's chief architects in the Senate predicted an implementation 'train wreck,' administration officials are now tacitly admitting as much by giving businesses — and Washington bureaucrats — another year to figure it all out," McConnell writes.

"But the obvious problem with the band-aid approach is that without full repeal, there will never be an end to the number of problems that need to be fixed."

The Republican adds that while businesses are fortunate to have secured a delay of their participation in the law, individuals will be unfairly left to struggle.

"What about my constituents in Kentucky, who face the frightening prospect of losing the healthcare plans they have and like? What about young people across the country who are increasingly worried about the prospect of their insurance premiums skyrocketing?

"How is it fair to help Big Business navigate the complexities of implementing Obamacare, with their teams of accountants and lawyers, while single moms in Paducah and recent college grads in Louisville are left high and dry?"

McConnell concludes by saying, "In the face of escalating complaints, the Obama administration has clearly embraced a policy of quick fixes aimed at placating the loudest voices in the bunch. But this will never work as a long-term strategy.

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"The answer isn't to help some and ignore others. It's to liberate all Americans from the burdens of this terrible law. What's needed is a permanent delay — for everyone."

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