Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Ways and Means Health subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the White House’s release of new “hardship exemptions” for the requirement that individuals buy government approved health care or pay a tax that’s contained in the Affordable Care Act:
“The White House has delayed parts of the Affordable Care Act over 30 times since it was signed into law, including vital parts of the law such as the business mandate. And now, they have essentially, and once again, unilaterally, delayed the requirement that individuals buy government approved health care or pay a tax by expanding the requirements needed to claim a hardship exemption.
And the real irony is that the new requirements target Americans who lost their insurance due to the Affordable Care Act and now can’t afford to buy a new plan. This means that the President has recognized that his law is causing the hardship that necessitates people to be exempted from his law. How anyone can continue to defend this law and say that it is working is baffling. So my question is, what exactly is left to delay? It’s time to permanently delay the entire law by repealing it and then work for real patient-centered, cost-cutting health care reform that makes health care affordable and accessible for more Americans.”