The U.S. approved legislation to amend ObamaCare to delay until 2015 the enforcement requirements of the health care law’s individual and employer mandates.
ObamaCare continues to unravel and it is now apparent it is headed for what Democrat Senator Max Baucus termed, ‘a train wreck.’ The Obama Administration has already indicated it is not prepared to move forward with the requirement that employers provide health coverage and has said it will delay the requirement mandate. Since employers are being allowed to delay compliance with this unworkable law, it is only fair that hardworking taxpayers be given the same treatment as businesses.
Individuals, families and businesses all deserve relief from ObamaCare, The people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District have made it clear to me they are concerned that ObamaCare will lead to skyrocketing premiums and cause citizens to lose the health coverage they have and like. They are like Americans throughout the country whose opposition to ObamaCare has only grown since it was rammed through Congress and signed into law by the President. I call upon the Senate to pass these common sense bills.
H.R. 2668 – the Fairness for American Families Act – will delay the individual mandate for one year. H.R. 2667 – the Authority for Mandate Delay Act – will give the Obama Administration the authority it needs to delay the employer mandate for one year.
Another piece of important legislation passed by the House this week is H.R. 5 – the Student Success Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Despite its best intentions, the No Child Left Behind law is not effectively serving students. The bill passed by the House will repeal the one-size-fits-all Adequate Yearly Progress and empowers Missouri and other states to develop their own accountability systems. It eliminates federally mandated interventions, giving states greater flexibility to develop appropriate school improvement strategies for their schools. It eliminates more than 70 existing programs and creates one new Local Academic Flexible Grant that gives school districts the flexibility to distribute funds based on student needs. And, it stops President Obama from coercing states to adopt his preferred education reforms and “Common Core” State Standards, thus maintaining the prohibition on federal approval or certification of academic standards.
For too long, states and school districts have had to cope with federal intervention and bureaucratic red tape that has done little to improve student performance in our schools. We all want what is best for our children. As a former school teacher, I realize local school districts are the best judges of how to direct federal resources to programs that best serve the students.
Have a great week.