Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Delay Implementation of Obamacare

Jul 18, 2013
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today voted in support of two bills that would delay the implementation of Obamacare until 2015. The “Fairness for American Families Act” which protects American individuals from being required to buy health insurance or pay a fine, passed by a vote of 251 to 174. The “Authority for Mandate Delay Act” which delays the imposition of Obamacare regulations on businesses, passed by a vote of 264 to 161.

Cook said, “These bills provide relief to American families and businesses from the burden of Obamacare until 2015 at the earliest. Obamacare has been a mess since it was signed into law. Real heathcare reform should save Americans money and provide them with better care. Obamacare does neither. It increases costs on American families and causes confusion and instability for those who already have healthcare.”

Obamacare is expected to raise taxes on Americans by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. Instead of creating jobs as the President had promised, a study done by the National Federation of Independent Business found that the employer mandate could cost Americans 1.6 million jobs by 2014. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the implementation of this law would also cause seven million people to lose their job-based health insurance.

Cook stated, “I still believe the best solution for Obamacare is a full repeal, however, these bills provide short term protection for American families. The goal of providing affordable healthcare is a good one, but Obamacare is not the right way to get there. The bipartisan nature of this vote shows that both Republicans and Democrats realize that this law is seriously flawed. There are better, more affordable ways to get Americans healthcare coverage. The delay provided by this bill will give Congress time to put in place better solutions.” 

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.