WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon passage of two bills designed to delay the application of the employer and individual mandate provisions in Obamacare:

“Today, I voted to delay Obamacare’s implementation, saving jobs and protect hardworking American families from the individual mandate.  Unlike the President, we know it’s not fair to give businesses and labor unions relief from Obamacare’s job-crushing provisions and leave families to deal with the disastrous consequences.

“The unpopular individual mandate punishes American families and infringes on individual freedom.  The employer mandate is just as bad since it will kill jobs and harm our economy.  Obamacare is full of deficiencies, and as the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate shows: Obamacare is unworkable. I have voted for full repeal of Obamacare and I will continue to fight against its job-crushing mandates and implementation.”

H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, would delay the application of the employer health insurance mandate for one year, authorizing President Obama’s previously announced policy change.  H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act would provide similar relief to those impacted by the individual health insurance mandate prescribed in the ACA.