(WASHINGTON D.C.) — On the heels of a coalition letter signed by 40+ conservatives activists pushing for a new approach to take on ObamaCare, Independent Women's Voice, co-creator of the coalition letter and of The Repeal Pledge, is calling for a timeout on ObamaCare and has launched a public bipartisan petition – Timeout on ObamaCare – asking that Congress and the President sign into law a one-year delay on the President's health reform law. The petition reads "Some people want the health care law repealed, some want it fixed or expanded, and some want it implemented just as it was written. But all of us agree that the law is not ready for prime time."
IWV CEO and President Heather R Higgins said, "The strategy to delay all provisions of ObamaCare is achievable and it spares the American people and all businesses from the detrimental impact of this extremely flawed and reckless law. The Administration has already missed scores of ObamaCare's deadlines, clear evidence that the law is in no way ready for play. There are no other viable options; it's time to advance the ball and call for a timeout."
BIPARTISAN PETITION FOR A TIMEOUT ON HEALTH REFORM
We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass and the President to sign into law a one-year timeout on the President's health reform bill.
Some people want the health care law repealed, some want it fixed or expanded, and some want it implemented just as it was written. But all of us agree that the law is not ready for prime time.
Already there have been politically selective waivers, exemptions, and delays of parts of this law; in fact, half of the legal deadlines have not been met. Unions are being forced to seek waivers or face changing their current health care plans, a key part of many benefit packages. Businesses are reported to be scaling back workers' hours, not making new hires, and dropping insurance coverage due to higher costs and concerns about complying with the new law. State-level leaders in charge of implementation of part of the law, like the chief executive of Connecticut's state exchange, are saying, "I wish we had one more year."
It's clear that the Administration needs more time to prepare or to reconsider certain aspects of the law. Given that President Obama will oppose any effort to repeal or defund the law, and Republicans in Congress don't believe the law can be fixed, the only solution — for both sides — is a timeout.
We know that, working together, we can improve American health care. But we shouldn't allow politics to rush us into a system that is not ready. We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass and President Obama to sign a one-year timeout on health reform.
To sign the petition please visit www.obamacaretimeout.com