RELEASE: Cochran, Wicker: Obamacare Delays Are Unfair to Individuals

Miss. Senators Support Bill to Force the Admin. to Apply Delays to Both the Employer and Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have cosponsored the “Freeing Americans from Inequitable Requirements (FAIR) Act,” a bill that would delay Obamacare’s individual mandate whenever its employer mandate is delayed. The FAIR Act was introduced by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

“It would be far better to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and start over, but at minimum the President shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose who receives relief from the law’s burdensome mandates,” Cochran said.

“The Obama Administration should not make individuals and families play by a different set of rules than businesses,” Wicker said. “Providing Obamacare relief to some businesses while taxing individuals is one of many ways the Administration has rewritten the President’s signature health-care law for political gain. This is yet another sign that Obamacare is unfair, unworkable, and must be repealed.”

In February, the Obama Administration announced a two-year extension on the requirement for employers with 50 to 99 workers to offer health care to 95 percent of full-time workers. If employers do not meet this criterion by 2016, they face a federal penalty. Larger companies have already received a mandate delay until 2015 but must currently offer health insurance to 70 percent of employees or pay a fine.

The date for individuals to enroll in Obamacare and avoid a tax penalty is March 31, 2014.

Sens. Cochran and Wicker voted against passage of Obamacare and have voted repeatedly to delay, repeal, and replace the law.