This would mean that if you chose not to purchase a health insurance product this year, you wouldn’t be subjected to a fine. The bill is H.R. 4118, the SIMPLE Fairness Act (Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Equals Fairness).
In essence, they’re delaying the individual mandate. The White House of course doesn’t like it and noted that Obama would veto it if it ever made it to his desk. They said, in part, in a statement:
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 4118, the Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Equals Fairness Act, because the bill would increase health insurance premiums, decrease tax credits, increase the number of uninsured, and shift costs to businesses, workers, and health care providers.
Huh. That’s funny. Obamacare’s already doing those things.
Rather than attempting once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which the House has tried to do approximately 50 times, it is time for the Congress to stop fighting old political battles and join the President in an agenda focused on providing greater economic opportunity and security for middle class families and all those working to get into the middle class.
Oh, they’d like that very much, wouldn’t they? Just give up with these “old political battles” and let the President do his thing. He says he wants to “provide greater economic opportunity and security for the middle class?” You do that not by adding more and more controlling and regulative laws, but by repealing bad laws. Repealing Obamacare would be a good start.
Unfortunately, the House has never actually tried to repeal Obamacare. Certain House members have put in their token votes to impress their constituency, but no serious effort has been made to repeal the law. If only that were the case.
In fact, Paul Broun was the sole “no” vote on H.R. 4118. He voted against it, because he doesn’t want a delay to the individual mandate. He wants a full repeal of Obamacare. If Obama really wants to help the middle class, he’d agree to repeal his own law. But that’s never going to happen, because it would require him to swallow his pride.