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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY –Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said President Obama’s decision to delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate for one year proves the entire law is hopelessly flawed.
"This is just more evidence that Obamacare will hurt jobs, economic growth and worst of all, Oklahoma families," said Doak. “Even the White House knows that Obamacare is a disaster. It makes quality, affordable health care unreachable for many Americans. My hope is for all of Obamacare to be delayed permanently. We need common sense reforms and health care coverage that families can actually afford."
The delay means that employers who do not provide health insurance will not have to pay a penalty until 2015. The federal health insurance exchanges are still scheduled to open on October 1. The federal individual mandate goes into effect January 1, 2014. By that date, all Americans will have to buy government-approved health insurance or pay a fine.
“I’ve heard from business owners all over the state,” said Doak. “They are extremely frustrated by the complicated requirements, paperwork and mandates associated with Obamacare. This over-reaching law could cripple small businesses in our state. I pray that this is the beginning of the end of the Obamacare train wreck.”
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