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Today, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler 3h

POTUS delays #Obamacare for businesses. House voting today to do just that, President threatens veto. Is it #OppositeDay? #FairnessForAll 3:10 PM – 17 Jul 13

“OppositeDay”? Representative Hartzler (r) has some expertise with that.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r). [file photo]

Let’s take a look at Representative Hartzler’s (r) press release:

Hartzler and House vote to delay ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates

Jul 17, 2013

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved legislation to amend ObamaCare to delay until 2015 the enforcement requirements of the health care law’s individual and employer mandates.

“ObamaCare continues to unravel and it is now apparent it is headed for what Democrat Senator Max Baucus termed, ‘a train wreck,'” said Hartzler. “The Obama Administration has already indicated it is not prepared to move forward with the requirement that employers provide health coverage and has said it will delay the requirement mandate. Since employers are being allowed to delay compliance with this unworkable law, it is only fair that hardworking taxpayers be given the same treatment as businesses.”

“Individuals, families, and businesses all deserve relief from ObamaCare,” added Hartzler. “The people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District have made it clear to me they are concerned that ObamaCare will lead to skyrocketing premiums and cause citizens to lose the health coverage they have and like. They are like Americans throughout the country whose opposition to ObamaCare has only grown since it was rammed through Congress and signed into law by the President. I call upon the Senate to pass these common sense bills.”

H.R. 2668 – the Fairness for American Families Act – will delay the individual mandate for one year. H.R. 2667 – the Authority for Mandate Delay Act – will give the Obama Administration the authority it needs to delay the employer mandate for one year.


[emphasis in original]

Uh, that would be Democratic Senator. And that “train wreck” thing?:

The Secret History of Max Baucus’ “Train Wreck” Quote

By David Weigel

Posted Friday, May 24, 2013, at 11:32 AM

“….A lot of people have no idea about all of this,” he [Max Baucus] said. “People just don’t know a lot about it, and the Kaiser poll pointed that out. I understand you’ve hired a contractor. I’m just worried that that’s gonna be money down the drain because contractors like to make money … I just tell ya, I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”

What would cause the “train wreck”? Insufficient awareness of how the law worked. Not the law itself. Neither at that hearing nor in the month since has the (always pretty mush-mushed) Baucus said the law itself would be a disaster if implemented.

But that’s how Republicans used the quote….

[emphasis added]

And just who is affected by the Obama Administration delay?:

For Immediate Release: 7.2.2013

Most Small Businesses Won’t be Impacted by Delay in Healthcare Law’s Employer Responsibility Requirement

Statement by Terry Gardiner, Vice President, Policy & Strategy of Small Business Majority, about the Obama Administration delaying until 2015 requirements that employers with more than 50 employees offer health insurance to their employees

Washington, DC- The news today that the Obama Administration will delay until 2015 the requirement that employers with more than 50 employees provide insurance does not impact the vast majority of small business owners. Ninety-six percent of businesses in this country have fewer than 50 employees. For these employers nothing changes because they were already exempt from the employer responsibility requirements. For larger businesses with more than 50 employees, 96 percent already offer insurance and we believe will continue to for business reasons. Only the 4 percent of larger employers that do not offer health insurance will be impacted by the delay in the penalty.

The one-year delay in reporting requirements will allow larger businesses time to adjust and provide additional input to the Treasury on how the proposed requirements will work best.

The most important provisions for small business owners in the law are still moving full steam ahead, including health insurance exchanges. The exchanges, coming online on Jan. 1, 2014, will allow small businesses to pool their buying power to help drive down coverage costs. Additionally, small employers that do offer coverage will be eligible for a tax credit of up to 50 percent of their premiums.

[emphasis added]

“….’Individuals, families, and businesses all deserve relief from ObamaCare,’ added Hartzler….” [underline emphasis in the original]

Would it be too much for us to expect that Representative Hartzler (r) actually place her, ahem, “assertions” in something that even remotely resembles contextual reality? Don’t bother answering that.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): do tell us about the parts you don’t like (July 10, 2013)