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A potential new setback for the president's health care law this after the White House announced it would delay implementation.
Of the employer mandate that's a key component of the law.
That requires that small companies provide health insurance for their employees senate Republicans are now urging the president in a letter.
To permanently delay implementation of Obama care for all Americans.
One of the lead authors of that letter senator John -- he joins us live from Capitol Hill it's it's pretty rare even that you can get all Republicans on board for anything but everybody signed -- -- this.
Letter what are you asking the president to do.
They sure did John and the reason is we we think that course all of us who -- in the senate that were.
Here when -- -- was voted on voted against it and our new members who -- have come since then all agree that the best thing that we could do is to delay.
-- only this legislation.
And actually start over and go about doing this right so essentially what we did -- we wrote a letter the president after they announced they were gonna delay the employer mandate which is great for businesses.
And said what about everybody else what about these six million Americans -- going to be hit with the individual mandate tax what about all the other Americans who are gonna lose the coverage that they have.
Or see their premiums go up which is happening.
What do you do about those folks -- so -- essentially our message the president is look we understand why.
You won't want to delay the employer mandate it was hurting a lot of employers out there forcing people and a part time jobs instead a full time jobs.
But we think that you ought to extend that that relief to all Americans were going to be harmed by this legislation the president said that the individual mandate is not a tax increase your letters says that it's going to increases the taxes on an average American by 12100 bucks.
That's right and what it's fully implemented that's going to be the impact you're gonna have a lot of people in this country who.
Are going to be hit by this and then in addition to all the other taxes that were included in the bill that are being passed on the form of higher premiums.
This is a disaster for.
Americans and not just employers who were affected by the employer mandate but.
Middle class Americans affected by the individual mandate middle class Americans are affected by the higher taxes and by the higher premiums.
That are in this bill and that's why I think the public is so negative about it.
And what were simply doing is responding to what we hear from Americans and saying to the president you know what let's delay this.
And in in better yet let's flip criminally let's start over goal -- this right way there issues and problems that we have on our health care system today.
Those can be fixed that without having to pass a 2700 page bill now a massive 20000 pages of regulations to try and implement.
What about the constitutionality question I know you didn't vote for your party by and large didn't like it but it is the law of the land for the president to suck to now come out and say well there -- parts of this law passed by congress.
But he doesn't -- -- start enforcing yet what do you think about that.
Well I do I have issues are bad because it is that it is the law and he's basically saying I you know I'm gonna nullify part of the law that I -- In and yet they're still Democrats appear on Capitol Hill is still out there with -- giving it full throated endorsement to this.
But I think that's problematic and I think most people see through that -- what he's saying is we're just gonna waive the penalty we're not gonna apply the penalty.
Businesses are still get -- required to offer these -- government approved plans but we're not gonna find him for not doing that.
But I say it does it undermines its a key component of this legislation.
And I think what the administration is acknowledging his that this is a train wreck as has been described.
By some of the Democrats here in Capitol Hill when it comes to implementation.
And we think that it's not working out as advertised for them and they want to take a step back at least on the employer mandate we're saying let's take a step back on everything.
I know via letter just went -- yesterday please come back and share with us any response -- -- from the White House.
Aren't sure well thanks senator John soon thank you.
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