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Florida reaction to House vote to delay Obamacare



Reaction from Florida's House delegation on the vote to delay Obamacare for one year, a move Harry Reid has pledged to reject.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach: “The Obama administration has delayed or waived numerous portions of the law for businesses and other interests. Burdens cannot be imposed on society at large and then relieved for segments that are politically-connected without doing great damage to constitutional government.  Accordingly, all of Americans must be given the same reprieve from the negative effects of ObamaCare as has been given to powerful interests.  I also gladly voted to make sure that military personnel continue to receive pay in the event that the resolution is not enacted before October 1.”

Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden: “Today, I voted to keep our government open for business and delay for at least one year the coming ‘trainwreck’ of Obamacare.  Senators made clear earlier this week that they are doubling down with their support for the President’s health care law.  A one year delay for families and individuals is the exact same delay the President gave to big businesses, and will at least allow additional time for both parties to set aside politics and work together to implement patient-centered reforms that don’t threaten our already-fragile economy.

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers: “Today, I did the right thing and voted to keep the government open while delaying Obamacare for one year. With the numerous Obamacare delays and exceptions handed out by the President to corporations and big businesses, it's clear this bill is not ready for primetime. It's now up to the Senate to come to the table and work with us to ensure the government stays open.”

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville: As the current Continuing Resolution is set to expire on Monday at midnight, the sad truth is that Speaker Boehner has surrendered the gavel to the Tea Party, who is disinterested in anything other than defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act. Given that the Affordable Care Act passed both chambers of the United States Congress, was signed into law by the President of the United States, upheld by the United States Supreme Court, and received a stamp of approval by the American public when they voted to re-elect President Obama, it is now time for House Republicans to accept the ACA, discontinue their obstructionist tactics, and assist their constituents to receive the numerous heath care benefits of Obamacare.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville: Republicans in the House voted to keep the government open, to delay this unpopular law, permanently repeal a provision that would cost thousands of American jobs, and guarantee that our soldiers get paid. President Obama and Senate Democrats keep insisting it is the House that is being unreasonable, yet I don’t see a single provision voted on today that doesn’t have the support of a majority of the American people. Why is it okay for President Obama to request delays and exemptions for his allies, yet not a majority of our hard-working citizens? If this bill is not good enough for them, why is it good enough to be forced on a population that doesn’t want it? If the Senate rejects this sensible solution, they will have to explain to the American people why protecting a legacy is more important than keeping the government open. The Senate now has to act.”

Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville: "Americans in Florida and across the nation want the government funded and open for business, and they don’t want Obamacare. That’s why I voted for amendments to delay Obamacare for a year and permanently repeal the law’s medical device tax. I also voted on a third amendment to ensure our troops are paid no matter what. Once again, the House has spoken doing all it can to fund the government and stop as much of Obamacare as possible. The Senate should do the same and pass these measures.”

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: "When Tea Party Republicans pushed the country toward default previously, they caused real economic damage.  America’s credit rating was downgraded.  And the previous government shutdown years back cost taxpayers over $2B.Now they are back for more and appear quite willing to cause significant economic damage again, but there is more to the story. Over the past few months, while our neighbors back home have been working hard, getting their back in school, the story here in Congress has been one of dysfunction  rooted in the House Republicans’ inability and refusal to negotiate an overall budget for the country with the U.S. Senate.  They passed a make-believe budget proposal that was so unrealistic that they could not bring themselves to take it to a budget conference with the Senate. So, without a budget, House Republicans left the country in limbo and embraced the severe and mindless sequester cuts as their spending strategy.  In contrast, Democrats have offered a balanced plan authored by Rep. Van Hollen of Maryland."

[Last modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 2:32pm]


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