WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 2668, The Fairness for American Families Act, which delays Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year. The House also passed H.R. 2667, The Authority for Mandate Delay Act, which delays the employer mandate for one year by law. Upon passage of the legislation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:
“Today, we took another step toward the full repeal of Obamacare. And we defended two key principles. First, we upheld the principle of fairness. We gave families the same relief that the President gave businesses. Second, we upheld the rule of law. The President doesn’t get to pick which laws to enforce. He must enforce them all. It’s a matter of duty—not of discretion.
“In the end, American families know Obamacare was a mistake. The administration has acknowledged its error by requesting a delay. So it should work with Congress to pass real reforms. Our ultimate goal isn’t simply to repeal one bad law. It’s to improve our health-care system. And we can get this right, but only if we put patients—not bureaucrats—in control of their health care.”