Upset that President Obama granted only businesses a one-year delay in complying with Obamacare, 17 national Tea Party and conservative leaders and groups Tuesday called on Congress to give individuals a break too.
In a letter to congressional leaders, they health reform foes said, "If the employer mandate can be delayed a year, so can and should the individual mandate, which adversely affects individuals, families and small business owners."
Among those signing the letter was Grover Norquist, the influential head of Americans for Tax Reform, and the bosses of the National Taxpayers Union, Freedom Works and Concerned Women for America.
July 16, 2013
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals stand united in our support for a delay in Obamacare's employer mandate and individual mandate.
On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay in the employer mandate. Changing any statute's effective date is in the purview of the U.S. Congress, not the Executive Branch. While it is highly questionable whether the Obama Administration has the legal authority to delay the employer mandate, their admission that the Obamacare law is unworkable is all too accurate.
Unfortunately, this accommodation was provided only for Big Businesses. We believe that individuals, small businesses, and families deserve at least the same reprieve from Obamacare's costly mandates. If the employer mandate can be delayed a year, so can (and should) the individual mandate, which adversely affects individuals, families and small business owners.
That's why we're supportive of efforts this week in the House of Representatives to delay for one year both the employer and individual mandates.
We view this effort as not only a matter of basic fairness, but part and parcel of our larger efforts to defund and repeal Obamacare. We support full Obamacare repeal and full de-funding of Obamacare, as well as the mandate delay efforts the House is undertaking this week.
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Dean Clancy, Freedom Works
Heather Higgins, Independent Women's Voice
Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
Duane Parde, National Taxpayers Union
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
John Tate, Campaign for Liberty
Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
Ken Hoagland, Restore America's Voice
Kathryn Serkes, Doctor-Patient Medical Association
Christopher Wright, Obamacare Truth Squad
Chris Prandoni, Alliance for Worker Freedom
Alexandria Tea Party
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