United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn says the latest grace period offered by the Obama Administration on the federal health insurance law discloses its flaws.
President Obama has given small businesses another year to comply with the law. Larger businesses will only have to cover 70% of their workers to avoid penalties, rather than the 95% required by the Affordable Care Act.
Osborn, a Republican, says the action is telling.
“I think it just shows you that this president will do anything,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And it also proves this law doesn’t work. Obamacare doesn’t work. This is the best example you can give is the president won’t make employers implement it, because it’s crumbling under its own weight.”
This is the second time President Obama has pushed back the business mandate in the bill.
Osborn says postponement will only go so far.
“So, this bill is crumbling, failing miserably. We just need to be ready to not only repeal it, but replace with a free-market solution,” according to Osborn.
Osborn says the federal government needs to give Americans control over their health care. He advocates health insurance portability, which would allow workers to carry their health insurance from job-to-job and from state-to-state. Also, high-risk insurance pools should be created.
“I think we need the free market solutions,” Osborn says. “I think we need to have access to health care for those people who cannot afford it or are un-uninsurable, but that’s through high-risk pools, not the current method of just letting people go to the emergency room. That’s not an efficient way to minister health care.”
Osborn says the Veterans Administration is a perfect example of the failure of the federal government to provide health care.
“It’s the largest health care system in our country and it’s completely government run,” Osborn states. “They keep throwing more and more money at the VA and it’s not working. Veterans are dying every day, because they can’t get access to health care that they deserve. That’s the best example I can tell you of where we’re going and where we don’t want to go, because, if we treat veterans that way how are they going to treat the average citizen?”
Osborn, the former State Treasurer, has formally filed in the Republican primary for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican. Other Republicans in the race include Midland University President Ben Sasse, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale as well as Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun
Omaha lawyer Dave Domina is running as a Democrat, along with Larry Marvin of Fremont.
Custer County cattle rancher Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson of Lincoln are running as independents.