March 7, 2014 at 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to once again circumvent Congress and delay a key provision of the President’s health care law.
“For months the President failed to act as millions of Americans lost health care coverage under his broken promise of, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ Now, on the day when the House acted in a bipartisan capacity to delay the individual mandate under ObamaCare, the President has once again, through unilateral executive action, circumvented Congress and announced a new delay that will allow some consumers to keep health plans until past the end of the Obama presidency. Today’s announcement is a blatant attempt to protect politically vulnerable Democrats from the President’s increasingly unpopular health care law.”
Since ObamaCare was enacted in 2010, the Administration has delayed or modified parts of the law more than 20 times through unilateral executive action rather than through the constitutional law making process. In response, Lance has joined fellow conservative lawmakers in support of the STOP Act (H. Res. 442) to rein in an out-of-control executive branch that has far exceeded its constitutional limits at many turns.