Idaho’s Crapo: Obamacare delay welcome, but all-out repeal warranted

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over health programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, welcomed the Obama Administration’s surprise announcement that it will delay by a year a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act.

The administration said Tuesday that the requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines will be delayed until after the November 2014 congressional elections.

Crapo said the administration is signaling its concerns about implementation of the law and repeated his view that the mandate that individuals and employers buy insurance should be repealed.

The news came in a blog post Tuesday from Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark Mazur, who wrote, “We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively.We have listened to your feedback and we are taking action.”

Crapo’s statement came in a news release early Wednesday. It follows in full:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2013

 

Crapo Comments On Administration’s Decision To Delay Key Obamacare Provision

Says the reaction means the administration is concerned about the law’s impact

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced its decision to delay, by one year, the health care law mandate that forces employers to provide insurance or face a penalty.

 

“Since this law was rammed through Congress, we have seen the problems and costs continue to grow,” said Crapo.  “While this delay is certainly welcome news, it only magnifies the concerns businesses, specifically small businesses, have raised about their ability to comply with this unworkable, complicated law.  Obamacare remains unpopular with many Idahoans, which is why individuals and families should be given a permanent exemption from this mandate as well.

 

“Americans overwhelmingly want solutions that deliver what they need—access to high-quality, affordable health care, which is exactly why this law should be repealed and replaced.”

 

 

 

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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