Nov 14 2013
"The President needs to stop prioritizing political damage control over real policy solutions while millions of Americans are losing their health insurance due to his broken promise."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement regarding the President’s belated response to the millions who’ve lost their health plans as a result of Obamacare:
"The President can’t snap his fingers and make all the problems with this terrible law go away. The fact is, the law’s problems run much deeper than implementation. The true issue is the flawed underlying basis for the provisions of the Affordable Care Act: the idea that the government must determine what coverage is acceptable for Americans, regardless of what Americans want. Continually bandaging the gaping wounds caused by this assertion does nothing to solve the problem.
"Rather than working with Congress on a solution, the President again wants to issue an executive mandate in an attempt to give Democrats political cover for next year’s elections. The President needs to stop prioritizing political damage control over real policy solutions while millions of Americans are losing their health insurance due to his broken promise."
Sen. Moran strongly opposes Obamacare and believes the best course of action is to dismantle the law and replace it with practical reforms that are workable and will actually reduce health care costs. In July, President Obama acknowledged that a significant component of Obamacare is broken and delayed enforcement of the employer mandate. The following week, Sen. Moran offered amendments in the Senate Appropriations Committee to delay both the employer mandate and individual mandate. Unfortunately, both amendments were defeated in party-line votes.
Sen. Moran is also an original cosponsor of the Delay Until Fully Functional Act, legislation introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that would delay Obamacare’s individual mandate until it can be certified that the law’s website and health insurance Exchanges are functional. It is blatantly unfair for the federal government to punish individuals for not doing something the government is requiring them to do when the Administration’s incompetence has made it impossible for them to comply.
Additionally, Sen. Moran joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in introducing S. 1617, the If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act – legislation to follow through on President Obama’s broken promise: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.” This bill would make the grandfathered health plans under Obamacare less restrictive and provide flexibility for individuals to keep the plans they already have. Sen. Moran believes the entire law should be repealed and replaced, but until that happens American individuals and families must be protected from the disasters created by Obamacare.