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Carney: White House Won’t Accept Delays To Obamacare, Which White House Has Delayed

September 18, 2013 by  

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday that the White House is unwilling to accept any delays in the implementation of Obamacare— even though the Obama Administration has already issued its own delays on portions of the law.

In early summer the Obama Administration delayed for one year a portion of the President’s healthcare law that requires businesses to provide their workers with health insurance or face fines.

“The Administration has finally recognized the obvious – employers need more time and clarification of the rules of the road before implementing the employer mandate,” Randy Johnson, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said at the time.

But as Republicans in Congress say they will initiate a government shutdown unless other portions of the healthcare law are delayed to give lawmakers time to investigate more bipartisan friendly options, Carney made it clear: There will be no delays.

From the White House:

Q: But are you willing to accept any delays in “Obamacare” in order to avoid a government shut down?

MR. CARNEY: No. The Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The president signed it. The Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional. And it is providing benefits to millions of Americans today and will provide access to affordable health care to millions of Americans when the marketplaces take effect.

You know, Republicans seem to believe — or those — that faction of Republicans who have entertained this seem to believe that taking away those benefits is good messaging, is good politics. What it is beyond that, if they believe that, is harmful to the people who have those benefits, harmful to our economy.

And you know, they can, as they have 40 times already, continue to vote to repeal or change or defund the Affordable Care Act.

And we can all watch that exercise as it unfolds, but they should not harm average folks out there in order to participate in that exercise. They should do their jobs by making sure that the essential functions of government are funded and making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States government is upheld, as it has been since the birth of the nation.

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