Claremore Daily Progress

Government

August 20, 2013

Congressional Update: Mullin believes delaying Obamacare best approach

Rep. Mullin believes delaying Obamacare best approach

CLAREMORE —

U. S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin told Claremore business leaders Monday that delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — is the best strategy for Congress.
Following his opening remarks which included a joke about his being late because he had to wait on a train, Mullin directly addressed his thoughts on “Obamacare.”
“National healthcare — there’s been a lot of talk about defunding government to fund ‘Obamacare’, especially as it pertains to shutting down the government,” he said. “There’s been some talk about delaying implementations. Why delay it instead of just do away with it altogether? Why even waste our time doing that?  Well, the reason we’re trying to delay it instead of do away with it is that we’ve tried to do away with it 40 times and it doesn’t do us any good. Not to mention, if the Senate was to pick it up to do away with it — Obamacare, the chances of this President vetoing that bill are slim to none. 
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this President has a little bit of an ego and he’s wanting to have something intact for him to be able to hang his hat on when he leaves the White House in three or four years,” he said. “If the situation arises to where we can change it, keep the name (Obamacare) in place so he can still say he had this piece of legislation while he was in the White House, then that’s what we’re going to do.
“So the delay in the implementation will be an idea for us to build on — to go through and pick apart little pieces of it (Obamacare) — maybe doing away with a 49th employee mandate, where, after 49 employees, employers will be forced to carry insurance on people,” he said. “I think that’s the biggest threat we have to our economy, not to mention to Oklahoma.

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