Since John Boehner is suing the President over his attempt to give the GOP some of what they wanted by delaying the employer mandate until 2015, it’s only fair that many Republicans be included in the lawsuit.
While Boehner now presents his sham lawsuit as an opposition to the President’s use of executive orders — including to delay the Employer Mandate as Republicans wanted–as an opposition to a somehow illegal abuse of power (despite every single President utilizing executive orders), he fails to mention his own support of the delay.
“The president has delayed ObamaCare’s employer mandate, but hasn’t delayed the mandate on individuals or families. I think it’s unfair and indefensible,” said Boehner in July of last year, revealing that his true issue is a lack of a full repeal.
Other Republicans supported the delay of the employer mandate, as well.
“Pushing the implementation of the employer mandate until after the 2014 election confirms the law was a historic mistake,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Ted Cruz, when posting a meme many of you have undoubtedly seen shared by your crazy uncles, voiced his support for a delay of the individual mandate.
Senator Lindsey Graham proudly boasts on his web site that he “Offered an amendment to defund implementation of the individual and employer mandates required under Obamacare.”
Paul Ryan urged Republicans to back the Obama administration’s plan to delay the employer mandate, arguing that it would allow the legislative branch to “assert its authority” by codifying the President’s decision.
Eric Cantor echoed Ryan’s suggestion, suggesting that Republicans “seize the moment” and back the plan–then “repeal the whole damn thing.”
Rand Paul supported the delay of the individual mandate, citing it as a reason to delay the individual mandate.
“You start out with defunding it in order to maybe get to a delay or maybe to get to where the individual mandate goes away since the employer mandate he’s already delayed,” Paul said in an interview with Sean Hannity. “Why don’t we use our leverage by having the Republican House to, at the very least, get to delaying the individual mandate?”
Sarah Palin also pushed for the elimination of the employer mandate. “Obamacare is presently hitting people who buy insurance on the individual market because they may not receive health coverage through their employers. It’s hurting millions! But you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet,” she wrote on Facebook. “Just wait until the Obamacare employer mandate kicks in next year. As I told Fox News Sunday, despite what the White House and media report, tens of millions more Americans are set to lose their employer provided insurance plans. The ramifications of this WILL fundamentally transform America.”
Many other Republicans in some way, shape, or form, have spoken up in support of a delay of the employer mandate, as well, but the true issue in right-wing-land seems to be that the President did not unilaterally eliminate the health care law that was passed by Congress. Hypocrisy at its finest.