Obamacare Divisions: Some Locals Disagree with Congresswoman Capito
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on August 18, 2013 @ 7:07PM
Created on August 18, 2013 @ 6:34PM
While the debate about Obamacare has raged for years, there are some who don't support the law who feel it's time to end the debate.
Recent polls show that more then 50% of Americans would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A narrow majority in a recent NBC poll believe that the Republican party should stop trying to block the law.
"I actually support more of a system of universal health care rather then Obamacare. It actually doesn't go too far enough in my opinion," said Jacob Slater of Morgantown.
"There's finally a way to help people who have pre-existing conditions get health care," Westover resident, Cole Smith, told 5 News.
West Virginia Republican Congresswoman Shelly Capito requested that President Obama delay the requirement for individuals to purchase insurance under Obamacare as long as the employer mandate is delayed. On July 2nd, the Obama Administration announced that it would delay the employer mandate implementation until 2015.
"I also agree that delaying the requirement for employers is a bad idea, but should that be the reason why people are not forced to buy insurance? Absolutely not," Morgantown resident John Scherch told 5 News.
The employer mandate requires businesses with more then 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance to employees. The Administration pushed back implementation in order to try and simplify reporting requirements. This drew a lot of criticism from Congresswoman Capito and the GOP.
"Because you and your family deserve the same relief the President gave to big businesses by delaying the employer mandate, it's only fair," the Congresswoman said in the GOP's National Weekly Address.
But some took issue with Congresswoman Capito's insinuation that President Obama was only looking out for businesses.
"Anytime a Republican says that big business is being provided for instead of the consumer it's an entirely hypocritical if said by a Republican," Scherch added.
While Republicans in the House have voted more then 40 times to repeal Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that a repeal would add 109 billion dollars to the federal deficit between 2013 and 2022.
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