House Republicans said Wednesday it is no secret they do not want to see President Obama’s health care law move forward, successfully, noting they’ve always wanted to scrap it and replace it.
“Caught red-handed,” Rep. Peter Roskam, Illinois Republican, quipped from the dais during a hearing on Mr. Obama’s decision to delay the law’s “employer mandate.”
The mandate requires firms of 50 or more workers to offer adequate health insurance or pay hefty fines.
Republican critics of the law seized on the delay as proof the law is fundamentally flawed. They also want to see a delay of the law’s mandate requiring individuals to acquire insurance, arguing the White House has kowtowed to big business without giving everyday Americans a reprieve.
They said “Obamacare” was a bad idea from the start, so blame for recent foibles rests with the administration.
“This law is literally unraveling before our eyes,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential candidate.