Delaying the Obamacare Trainwreck

Jul 9, 2013 Issues: Family Values, Government Accountability, Happening in West Texas, Health Care

Obamacare: Delaying a Train Wreck

Even the Obama Administration realizes Obamacare is flawed. Last week, the White House announced that they would delay enforcement of the employer mandate until 2015 because of the complexity of the rules. This is just the latest in a series of exemptions, carve-outs, and delays that the Administration is using to try and salvage the President’s signature accomplishment. 

Under Obamacare, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees are required to offer health insurance to their staff or face high penalties.  It has already been causing job cuts because businesses simply couldn’t afford to meet the law’s requirements.  The Administration has also decided that it’s too complicated to verify which people need subsidies.  Instead, states have to trust the honor system—if someone says they need a subsidy for insurance, they get one.

Enough already. It’s plain to see that this law is a disaster.  We don’t need more delays and exemptions; we need to get rid of this unworkable law.  Americans want a fair deal, and we know when the government is trying to put one over on us.  I have voted 37 times to repeal and defund Obamacare so we can start working on real solutions that lower your healthcare costs. 


July Agenda in Congress

Congress has a packed schedule in July, and there’s a lot to be done.  The House will be working on appropriations bills, which is how we fund the government.  In following with the budget plan we passed earlier this year, these spending bills will reduce wasteful spending and take steps to address our deficit.   Additionally, I’m hopeful that we will be taking up a Farm Bill again this month.  The current extension expires at the end of September, and our farmers need long-term policy in place before then.   An immigration bill has passed the Senate, and I expect the House will consider border security in advance of any broader immigration reform proposals.

Additionally this month, we’ll continue our oversight and investigation of the Obama Administration.  We will be asking more questions about the IRS, reining in the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach on issues like the Lesser Prairie Chicken, and working to stop the government’s abuses of power.  As part of that effort, I recently signed on to a resolution calling for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. 

I’ve created a Voting Record page on my website where you can see every single vote I take in Congress.  I’ll also be highlighting votes on high-profile legislation, so you can see how I voted and why. July will be a busy month, as always I will keep you informed.


Action Item:

Tonight, there is a Pro Life Rally in Austin on the South Steps of the State Capitol.  I believe every life is precious, and it’s our duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves.  Tonight’s rally is a great opportunity to stand up for this cause and show your support for our unborn children.   Although I can’t attend the rally myself, I’ll be following it closely, and praying for all those who participate.