Alexander on Newest Obamacare Delay: “Every Shred of Evidence Tells us the Entire Law Should be Delayed”

Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 – The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today released the following statement on the administration announcement that online sign-up for Obamacare’s small business health insurance exchanges will be delayed until November:

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: “Another day, another Obamacare delay, and still the administration recklessly plows ahead with its mandate that American families and workers buy insurance through a failing program—or face a fine from the IRS. Every shred of evidence tells us the entire law should be delayed.”

In a floor speech yesterday, Alexander detailed all the Obamacare provisions already delayed: “The employer mandate has been delayed for one year.  The requirement that insurance companies report to the IRS information about health insurance products has been delayed for one year.  The ability for small employers to provide employees with multiple health insurance plan options in something we call the small business SHOP exchange has been delayed for one year.  The ability for state Medicaid programs to send electronic notices to beneficiaries, that is delayed for one year.  The start of the Basic Health Program, delayed for one year.”

He added: “Why not delay the entire law for a year?  That would give the administration time to at least get ready and it would give the American people a chance to have a referendum on the law in 2014.”

Alexander has introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, bills to permanently delay the individual mandate and the employer mandate.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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