Fitzpatrick: ACA Delay in Best Interest of Families, Businesses

Jul 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement after the House’s vote on the Authority for Mandate Delay Action [HR 2667] which would delay the application of employer health insurance mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s vote represents the reasonable and valid concerns shared by my constituents regarding the President’s healthcare law.

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been confusing, convoluted and frankly agonizing for both employers and families.  As opposed to creating stability, the President’s complex and burdensome plan is only unsettling Americans as we struggle through an economic recovery.

The president’s healthcare law now is under fire by small business, organized labor, and American workers who are seeing their hours cut and their insurance premiums rise.

In delaying the requirements for large businesses, the Administration is confirming that the implementation of this law has been flawed. The same accommodation should be extended to individuals.   My constituents who purchase their healthcare insurance in the individual market should not be treated more harshly than businesses who have won a reprieve from the administration that acknowledges that implementation is flawed.  

It’s time we take action to delay- hopefully permanently- this law and instead replace it with common sense, long term reform to address the problems that we find in our healthcare system. By keeping the good and getting rid of the bad we can truly treat the issues that face our neighbors.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.