The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision to delay enforcement of certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) until January 2015:
“In the midst of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign touting the supposed benefits of this law, it is interesting that the administration wants to delay it. It was rammed through Congress as if it were an emergency. Three years later, the emergency is its destructive impact on business and employment.
“The Administration’s action to delay enforcement of the employer mandate in PPACA until after the election of November 2014 violates both the law and the U.S. Constitution. Section 1513 clearly states that the law shall apply to months beginning after December 2013.
“The Administration’s rationale is that the requirements of the law are too complex to be implemented by the deadline. The impossible complexity of the law will not be fixed by a year’s delay. The destructive impact on employment, owing in part to uncertainty, will also not be mitigated by delay. A business cannot hire workers this year not knowing costs PPACA will impose on this decision a year from now.
“The Administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need to get out of the way and let Congress carry out the will of the American people to repeal this monstrous law.”
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, which was founded in 1943 to support the practice of private medicine.