Obamacare discussed at town hall meeting

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By Linda Ireland

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie held a town hall meeting Aug. 20 in the Lincoln Museum Community Room. Guthrie spent more than an hour answering questions from the audience of about 30 people.

One of the first questions dealt with the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” the sweeping health reform act that goes into effect Oct. 1.
Guthrie said the law is “unpopular, unworkable and it’s unraveling.”

The employer mandate to offer workers coverage was delayed for a year because the Internal Revenue Service has not provided guidelines.

Employers were concerned they would not be ready in time.

Guthrie believes the government will be unable to implement the sweeping reforms.

He doesn’t support a senate proposal to remove funding for Obamacare, saying it will benefit the administration.

He anticipates the President saying “we’re not ready” for Obamacare – or saying, “we are ready – except for the Republicans.”

Guthrie said it was doubtful that anyone would be ready for Obamacare in a year.

Guthrie voted for house bill 2009 which would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any portion of Obamacare. The vote follows recent legislation passed in the House to delay both the employer and individual mandates.