Roe Questions President Obama's Authority to Delay Employer Mandate
Washington, D.C.– Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) formally requested information from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) regarding President Obama’s authority to delay the employer mandate required by the Affordable Care Act. Roe released the following statement:
“The Administration’s delay is a formal admission that this law can’t be fixed. Delaying the employer mandate—while preserving the requirement that individuals purchase insurance—only postpones the inevitable catastrophe that is Obamacare.
“This action raises a lot of questions about whether the Obama Administration can simply ignore the law when it’s convenient for them. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, I am going to get to the bottom of this question. I have asked Congress’s research arm to investigate because I don’t think any president has the authority to pick and choose what parts of law to follow.
“I stand ready to work with the president on real, bipartisan, patient-centered health care reform and I will continue to work on repealing and replacing Obamacare.”