McKinley: Delay in healthcare requirement won’t fix problems

WEIRTON – U.S. Rep. David McKinley said he feels something needs to change after the Obama administration announced Tuesday it would be delaying the employer mandate of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The mandate, which will require businesses with at least 50 full-time employees to provide health benefits or face financial penalties, has been delayed until 2015.

While in the area Wednesday, McKinley, R-Wheeling, said delaying the implementation of portions of the law won’t fix the problems with it.

“Four years after it was enacted and it’s not ready,” McKinley said “They should have allowed it to be addressed. It’s obviously not working. There are problems all through it.”

McKinley said the delay will only create more uncertainty, which will prevent businesses from creating jobs, increase health care costs and raise taxes.

The individual mandate and other aspects of the law are still scheduled to go into effect as planned.

McKinley also noted the delay would lead to the mandate going into effect after the 2014 election, saying the move is more about politics than helping the American people.

“That’s wrong,” he said. “That’s just flat out wrong.”

The business mandate isn’t the only area McKinley said should be fixed, noting a recent report on the lack of funding to cover the costs of providing insurance for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

“They ran out of money by March,” he said. “That was one of the cornerstones.”

The Congressman said he feels some aspects of the law are good, and provide some of the reform the American people want, but adjustments are needed.

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