WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) responded to the latest employer mandate delay for enforcement of the Affordable Care Act by President Obama’s administration. Obama's latest change will allow businesses between 50 and 99 employees to delay enforcement of Obamacare until 2016, after the midterm elections, and before the next presidential pick. The change, Rep. Hultgren said, is unfair to America's middle class.
“In a political play, the President and his administration are yet again picking and choosing which Americans will bear the brunt of the healthcare law’s negative effects. Piecemeal delaying parts of this law puts immense pressure on those that have been forced into it: middle class families and individuals shouldering the burden of increased costs and fewer options. But the President’s Democrat allies in Congress rely on him to soften the blow of a terrible law they wholeheartedly support. This is unfair to hardworking Americans caught in the collateral damage of the midterm elections.
“The President did keep one promise: he is going around Congress to implement his agenda. Unfortunately the middle class loses out in this political game of piecemeal delays. The system created by Obamacare has caused hardship for many who have lost their doctors and their health plans. It has caused hardship for small businesses and their employees who face rising premiums and burdensome paperwork. It jeopardizes the personal information of Americans who are forced to buy insurance on Healthcare.gov. This law is simply unsustainable, and the middle class suffers.”