WASHINGTON ñ Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) co-sponsored and voted for the Fairness for American Families Act (H.R. 2668) and the Authority for Mandate Delay Act (H.R. 2667), two important bills that delay for one year the mandates that individuals purchase health coverage or pay a penalty and that employers must provide healthcare or pay a penalty if they have more than 50 full-time employees.

 ìWith its recent announcement to delay the employee mandate, the Administration conceded what we have known all along: Obamacare is a train wreck,î said Rep. Poe. ìThis unworkable and expensive law will result in lost jobsó71 percent of small businesses say that they will reduce hiring because of Obamacare. American families and businesses have already had to adjust their budgets accordingly to prepare for the  employer and individual mandates. Now the Administration wants to give big business a break while subjecting the rest of the people to the costly individual mandate. This is simply not fair. That is why the House voted to delay both the individual and the employer mandate. While this is not the permanent delay  we would all like to see, itís another year that Americans are free from the shackles of government-run healthcare.î