Crawford Statement on ObamaCare Employer Mandate Delay

Jul 03, 2013
Health Care

Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced it would postpone for one year the requirement that all businesses cover their employees under ObamaCare:

“While this decision by the Obama Administration seeks to address one of the larger underlying problems with ObamaCare in the employer mandate, it falls short of what I called for earlier this year – a multi-year delay in the law’s implementation. This law is estimated to add $1.3 trillion in new entitlement spending while our nation languishes in the midst of a debt crisis. At this point it is becoming clear even the White House is convinced of what I have long argued: this law is unsustainable, will be hugely detrimental to our economy, and must not be allowed to go into effect.

“I will continue working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to exhaust every possible avenue to ensure America’s health care system remains among the best in the world. Clearly, implementing this law undermines that goal.”


Representative Crawford earlier this year sent a letter to Speaker Boehner advocating for the delay of ObamaCare due to its estimated cost of $1.3 trillion in new entitlement spending. Representative Crawford also asked Arkansas state legislators to consider putting on hold their decision to expand coverage under ObamaCare and join him in an effort to secure a multi-year delay of ObamaCare. Crawford has been a tireless advocate for permanent spending controls that would alter the trajectory of spending in Washington that has contributed to the nearly $17 trillion in debt.

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