Claremore Daily Progress

July 21, 2013

Obamacare unsustainable, unworkable

Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman

WASHINGTON —

The devil is always in the details. 
President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats who forced Obamacare upon America were not forthcoming with the details of their national healthcare takeover at the time they were passing the plan that some initial supporters now call a “train wreck.”
Now the details are coming to light and it is being shown that Obamacare is a law that is unsustainable and unworkable. More time will not help fix the problems with Obamacare. 
The administration, on its own, delayed one of the many, many new regulations in Obamacare– the employer mandate. The move by the President is strange because he cannot stop the implementation of a law which was passed by Congress and he signed into effect. It is, after all, what he considers his signature accomplishment. The delay must be enacted by Congress.
The House voted Wednesday in favor of delaying not only the job-killing employer mandate, but also the individual mandate. Thirty-five Democrats joined most Republicans in support of H.R. 2667, the employer mandate delay. Twenty-two Democrats joined most Republicans in voting for the individual mandate delay, H.R. 2668.
Why should the unfair burdens be delayed on one group but not individuals and families who will struggle once the bureaucratic red-tape kicks in?
The employer mandate will force “large” employers, those the administration defines with 50 or more employees, to offer health insurance or face penalties from the IRS of approximately $2,000 per employee. It was slated to go into effect January 1, 2014. 
The individual mandate will force hard-working Americans to buy health insurance acceptable to government bureaucrats, or face IRS penalties.
If the President signed Obamacare, with all of its provisions and mandates, into law, it’s interesting why he now wants to delay key parts of it.  Those of us in business and many in the 2nd District saw right through the budget-busting government-run health care scheme for what it was – a job-killing disaster. That is why getting rid of Obamacare was and continues to be one of the most pressing issues for the 2nd District and one of the top concerns I am asked about or our office is called regarding.
Earlier this year, the House voted to repeal Obamacare for the 37th time since this bad law was enacted. This week we voted again to put distance between individuals, families and job creators and an unfeasible scheme that is unraveling as we speak. We will not stop fighting.
I will continue to stand between this train wreck and the American people and businesses. 
And finally, it’s almost insulting to any real plan by calling Obamacare a “plan.” 
There doesn’t seem to have ever been a comprehensive plan or much forethought to its consequences. They were in such a hurry to pass something they could call “health care reform” that either there was little thought of, or a total disregard for how it would actually work in the real world. 
Obamacare was drawn up around some bureaucrat’s conference table with little care for how it would affect real Americans in their everyday lives or the people who create the real jobs – the private sector – who keep our economy growing.
The devil is in the details of Obamacare. Those details are showing it to be a make-it-up-as-you-go reform playing roulette with one-sixth of America’s economy and the lives of too many Americans.
Markwayne Mullin is U. S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 2nd District.