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Congressman Tom Reed is set to introduce his own continuing resolution to strip any Obamacare exemption language for Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the Executive branch; implement a one-year delay of the President’s health care law; and keep the government funded and in operation.
“The bill we are introducing is built solely on the principle of fairness,” Congressman Reed said. “It is not fair to support a special exemption for Congress and the President, there is no reason these groups should be treated any differently under the President’s health care law. We’re also hearing – seemingly daily – delay upon delay of the law. Pushing a health care law on Americans that clearly isn’t ready for prime time is not fair.”
Reed’s bill includes three main pillars: a repeal of the Obamacare exemption for Members of Congress, congressional staff, and members of the Executive Branch including the President and Vice President; a one-year delay of Obamacare; and language to keep the federal government open and funded through December 15th, 2013.
“These are basic pillars we can all unite and rally around if we’re listening to our constituents and taking their voices to Washington,” Reed continued. “I’m ready to act now to protect Americans from the damaging effects of Obamacare and keep our government open. It is up to those on the other side of the aisle to explain why Obamacare is too costly for themselves and the President, too complex for businesses, and yet, affordable and simple enough for families. Too many special interest exemptions and too many delays have been issued. Enough is enough.”
The Administration Thursday announced another delay in Obamacare’s implementation: a postponement of online enrollment for some of the small business exchanges set to open October 1st. “The Administration’s announcement is just one more reason why the President’s entire health care law should be delayed,” Reed commented. “It’s clear from the constant pattern of delays that the architects of Obamacare are not prepared to implement their law.”