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Sen. Moran to Offer Senate Appropriations Bill Amendments to Delay ACA Individual and Employer Mandates

"Implementation has not lowered costs or increased access as promised, and if businesses are getting relief from Democrats' costly, defective law, why aren't individuals and families?"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and Ranking Member for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Health and Human Services Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Sens. Thune (R-S.D.), Cornyn (R-Texas), Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Blunt (R-Mo.) and all Republican Senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To bolster that effort, Sen. Moran is offering several amendments to the Senate Appropriations Bill on Thursday: two of those amendments are delaying the individual and employer mandates.

“While the Administration finally admitted last week that the employer mandate is unworkable in 2014, it now must recognize that the real problem continues to be the entire Affordable Care Act,” Sen. Moran said. “Implementation has not lowered costs or increased access as promised, and if businesses are getting relief from Democrats’ costly, defective law, why aren’t individuals and families? They are similarly facing rising health insurance costs, burdensome mandates, and uncertainty because of this flawed law.”

Neither the employer mandate delay amendment nor the individual mandate delay amendment will cost the American taxpayer further funding to implement according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

In addition to the ACA employer mandate delay and individual mandate delay amendments, Sen. Moran plans to offer the following amendments to the Senate FY2014 Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill:

  1. Rescind $15 million from the Individual Payment Advisory Board and transfer it to Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program. This program addresses critical shortages in pediatric specialty care by training half of our country’s pediatricians and pediatric specialists.
  1. Transfer $1.35 billion from CMS (which is the increase provided to CMS to implement health insurance exchanges required by the ACA) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support many of the biomedical research advances that are helping Americans live longer and healthier lives. 

VIDEO: Click here to see Sen. Moran discuss his amendments at the Republican Leadership Press Conference.


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