Rep. Kelly Supports Relief from Obamacare for All Americans

Jul 17, 2013
Rep. Kelly Supports Relief from Obamacare  for All Americans

Rep. Kelly: “Let’s treat people fair and equally under the law. Could there be anything more American than that?”


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, delivered remarks on the House floor today in support of both H.R. 2668, The Fairness for American Families Act, which will delay the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) for one year, and H.R. 2667, The Authority for Mandate Delay Act, which properly codifies into law the Obama administration’s one-year delay of the employer mandate.

Floor Remarks by Rep. Kelly:

“What truly makes America unique is that everybody is treated fairly and equally under the law. That’s what makes us so great.”

“Yet today we’re talking about something that is going on in our government right now where the president has decided to pick winners and losers. The president has decided that he is going to divide the country even further now, because he’s not going to do what is fair and what’s equal — he’s going to do what’s convenient.”

“It’s pretty easy to understand what fair is. ‘Fair’ is ‘marked by impartiality and honesty,’ it is ‘free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.’ ‘Equal’ means ‘of the same measure, quantity, amount, or numbers’ as any other person, any other group, any other class, or any other part of society. So I ask you: How in the world can you say, ‘Businesses don’t have to comply; we’re going to go ahead and give them a year off, but yet the individual is going to be held to the letter of the law’?”

“If we are truly a country of laws, if we are truly going to treat everybody equally and fairly under the law, then how in the world can we be here today discussing this and debating this on this great floor? It just doesn’t make sense: a piece of legislation that continues to unravel before our very eyes, that creates uncertainty in our society, that creates uncertainty in our businesses. And now, we wonder: When’s the next shoe going to drop? What else is going to be changed? What laws will we enforce? What laws will we walk away from? I would just tell my friends on both sides of the aisle: do what we all believe; let’s treat people fair and equally under the law. Could there be anything more American than that? And the answer is no — it’s self-evident.”

“So what I ask all of us today: to do what’s right for America. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If it’s not good for a business, why should it be good for individuals? Pass both pieces [H.R. 2668 and H.R. 2667], and let the American people put their head on their pillow tonight with some kind of surety that they’re going to be protected under the law and treated fairly and equally.”