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Aderholt Supports Delaying Obamacare Mandates

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville released a written statement supporting H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act and H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act. Both bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Representative Aderholt said, “Like so many other provisions of the law that have been delayed, repealed or declared unworkable, this is just another example that Obamacare is not ready. However, it is unfair for the Administration to shelter big businesses from their mistakes without giving that same relief to individuals, families and small businesses.”

Rep. Aderholt concluded, “These bills address this problem by delaying both the employer mandate and the individual mandate. Since Obamacare became law, the American people’s opposition to it has only grown. We have seen premiums start skyrocketing, many are losing their current employer-sponsored health insurance, and employers have started cutting jobs, hours and wages. The legislation passed today does what’s fair and protects all Americans from a law that most Americans disagree with.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was rushed through early in the Obama administration without time to study the issue in details. Since passage by a Democratic dominated Congress, the legislation has had numerous setbacks. First the administration itself jettisoned the government long term care benefit as too costly. Next the administration lost a state challenge to the act which required that states participate in implementing Obamacare.

Next Hobby Lobby successfully challenged provisions in Obamacare which they felt violated their religious liberties. Now rather than buying expensive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliant insurance it appears that millions of jobs will be made part time. The administration continues to defend the landmark healthcare reform legislation which is set to take effect on January 1.

Rep. Robert Aderholt is currently the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Aderholt also serves on the Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice and Science; and Homeland Security Subcommittees, and is a member of the Helsinki Commission.

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Congressman Aderholt represents Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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