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implementation of the law and repeated his view that the mandate that individuals and employers buy insurance should be repealed.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that deliver what they need—access to high-quality, affordable health care, which is exactly why this law should be repealed and replaced.”