The three U.S. House members who represent the metro-east voted on Wednesday to delay core provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law.
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, on Thursday released the following statement:
"The votes in Congress Wednesday validate the fact that the Obama administration has already delayed the (Affordable Care Act) employer mandate by one year. My votes reflected my strong belief that individuals should not face penalties while businesses get a break. Private citizens should not be held to a different standard.
As I've said many times, any major legislation will require adjustments and that's true of the ACA. Congress should address those in constructive ways that improve implementation, not hamper it.
Finally, it is mind-boggling that this Congress has now voted 38 times on repealing or delaying the Affordable Care Act, but has yet to vote once on major jobs legislation and a myriad of other unattended issues. Congress needs to start focusing on the issues that matter to working families and quit wasting time scoring political points."
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, released statements earlier this week on the issue.
"Obamacare is a train wreck, and the administration proved that when they delayed the enforcement of the employer mandate two weeks ago," Davis said. "Now, in the name of fairness, let's take it a step further by delaying the enforcement of the individual mandate as well."
Shimkus said, "I support delaying the effective date for individuals, just as the president has done for large businesses. If the system isn't ready, it isn't ready and frankly, might never be in the manner in which this law was written and passed."