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Cramer: House Passes Obamacare Mandate Delay for Families, Businesses

Jul 17, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the House of Representatives passed two bills granting extensions on the insurance coverage mandates contained in Obamacare for both individuals and employers. The Fairness for American Families Act will delay the individual mandate for one year, and the Authority for Mandate Delay Act writes into law President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate for one year.

“Today the House helped President Obama postpone the implementation of the employer mandate by codifying his action and applying the same benefit to patients that he unilaterally applied to his business friends. I would think the president will want to sign these two bills complementing his effort to avoid the reduced wages and higher premiums associated with impending Obamacare mandates. If he would like to continue dismantling Obamacare and replace it with something better, I am confident the House of Representatives will be happy to assist.”

President Obama announced in a blog post on July 3 his administration would delay implementation of the employer mandate until 2015. The law as written would require any employer with 50 or more workers to pay a penalty of up to $3,000 per employee for refusing to offer health insurance deemed acceptable.

The Authority for Mandate Delay Act writes into law the President’s decision on the employer mandate, and the Fairness for American Families Act extends the delay to individuals. If no action is taken, the Congressional Budget Office estimates 4 million individuals without insurance will be forced by government agencies including the IRS to pay approximately $55 billion in penalties through 2022.