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Gohmert’s Statement on Obamacare Employer and Individual Mandate Delay

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of postponing both the individual and employer Affordable Care Act mandate:

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is continuing its refusal to recognize and protect the rights of the American people. President Obama appears dictatorial in his arbitrary and capricious selectiveness of which parts of the oppressive, intrusive, and punitive healthcare bill he wants to use. Since he chose to provide some delays for employers, it is only fair that we extend those same rights to individual Americans themselves. To force higher income tax rates on people making as little as $14,000 or so a year is grossly unfair by any standards, no matter how badly he wants to force Americans into ultimate government healthcare control.

In delaying the employer mandate, while pushing forward the individual mandate, President Obama violates his Constitutional duty under Article II that he “shall take care that the laws will be faithfully executed.

Although the majority of Americans’ do not support Obamacare, it is still the law of the land the President helped force upon us. Rather than ignoring a law harmful to Americans’ health, he should instead help us repeal it in favor of meaningful reform.

I voted to delay implementation in a fair, nondiscriminatory manner. If the mandates are going to be delayed for the employers, they should be delayed for individuals. The President should not discriminate against hardworking Americans.

I hope the American people will send more people to Congress in the next election that will vote for an outright repeal so we can pass reform that provides better healthcare, not laws that dumb down our healthcare to the lowest common denominator of care. Only then can we get back to the almost lost doctor-patient relationship, and give patients back control over their own healthcare decisions while still helping those who cannot help themselves.

President Obama should not have the option to ignore some laws and enforce others; he should be forced to follow his sworn Constitutional duty. Passing legislation to delay harmful aspects of Obamacare on both individuals and employers is the proper thing to do.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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