Jul 18 2013 -
Washington, DC—Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about the Obama Administration’s decision to delay by one year just the Employer Mandate in Obamacare. Renacci asked why the Administration suddenly finds it acceptable to give big companies a better deal than the average Ohioan.
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I rise today in strong support of both the Authority for Mandate Delay Act and the Fairness for American Families Act.
Thanks to Obamacare, premiums in my home state of Ohio are expected to increase 88 percent, leaving taxpayers on the hook for those significant rate hikes. Now the Administration has decided to delay only the Employer Mandate while leaving the Individual Mandate intact. That is blatantly unfair to my constituents and all Americans.
Why does the Administration suddenly find it acceptable to give big companies a better deal than the average Ohioan? Come January 1, individuals could still face stiff penalties if they do not carry insurance – insurance their employer may decide they will no longer provide.
With these two bills we can provide individuals the same opportunity the Administration is giving businesses by allowing them to opt out of Obamacare next year too.
I ask my colleagues to come together and pass them. The people we represent are depending on us.
Thank you, and I yield back.
Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.
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