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Roe Questions President Obama's Authority to Delay Employer Mandate

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Washington, July 3, 2013 | Tiffany McGuffee (202-226-8072) | comments

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.”    

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