The Obama administration cannot possibly be pleased with the assertions made by Representative Stephen Lynch (shown in photo, D-Mass.) about the healthcare law, which stand in direct opposition to statements made by the president about the very same law.
On April 17, readers may recall, President Obama announced during a White House news conference that the healthcare law "is working.” Yet during an interview with the Boston Herald, Lynch did not hesitate to criticize the law when he said the worst of the Affordable Care Act has yet to be seen.
“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” he told the Herald. “As these provisions come into effect, the administration thus far is saying, ‘Gee, we really can’t handle this right now so we’re going to delay it.’”
Lynch referenced the “Cadillac tax” that goes into effect in a few years and taxes employer health plans over a certain value, asserting it will be “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.”
“Any individual with an individual healthcare plan that exceeds $10,200 is in a Cadillac plan situation,” Lynch explained. They’re going to have to pay — that employer, if they provide that, and many do today let alone in 2018 — will have to pay a 40 percent tax on the amount over the minimum established — excuse me, the maximum established under the Affordable Care Act.”
Even worse, Lynch notes that it is very unlikely to see ObamaCare repealed with all the Americans who have signed up for the law’s exchanges.
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Photo of Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.): AP Images