To the Editor,

It doesn’t happen often, but last week I agreed with the President about ObamaCare. I was part of a bipartisan majority who voted to delay the insurance mandates included in his health care law.

Recently the Obama Administration admitted that the employer mandate is a “burden” and decided to delay its implementation until 2015. The law currently requires all businesses with more than 50 full time workers to provide insurance for their employees or face a federal fine.

My first thought was – well that is a good start. But why give a break to large employers and not you? That is why a bipartisan majority in the House took it a step further. In the name of fairness we voted to not only delay the employer mandate, but also the requirement that forces you to buy insurance or be penalized.

You would think the President would applaud this effort, but remember this is Washington.  So even with Republicans and Democrats agreeing with him, Mr. Obama is threatening to veto the House bill that would do legislatively exactly what he wants to do through executive action. It just doesn’t make sense.

I admit that don’t think the one year delay is enough, but I voted for these bills because they are an important step on the road to full repeal. Each deadline that is pushed back only shows that this law is collapsing under the weight of its own bureaucratic red tape.

I want every American to have access to affordable health care. I believe we can accomplish that goal by giving people more choices, not forcing government mandates on them.

I hope the Senate and President will pay attention to this vote and that ultimately this one year delay will lead to the full repeal of ObamaCare.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton

Sixth Congressional District of Texas