Hoping to make political capital over popular dissatisfaction with the new health care law, the National Republican Congressional Committee has issued a “flip-flop alert” against a Florida congressman who issued a statement in support of the White House’s decision to delay the “employer mandate” provision in the law for a year.
Rep. Patrick Murphy, who switched his party affiliation to Democrat in 2011, was singled out because he voted against the House GOP’s attempt in May to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, he said he supported the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate requiring firms of 50 or more employees to offer adequate heath coverage or pay fines.
“Our businesses are leading the way in economic growth and job creation as we continue to struggle to climb out of the recession,” he said. “Just when the recovery is starting to take hold does not mean that we should be adding new uncertainty, taxes, or costly mandates to sectors of our economy that can least afford it.”
Democrats and supporters of the law say the White House is trying to implement the law correctly, and not just quickly.
But Republicans said that the law is fundamentally flawed and that its supporters are trying to pick and choose which elements go forward out of political convenience.
“Let’s hope Congressman Patrick Murphy brought his flip-flops back from the beach because he is already flip-flopping on his own liberal voting record in Washington,” the NRCC said in a blog post Monday.