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West Virginia / Attorney General State Seal
Phone: 304-558-2021
Press Release


Contact: Beth Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-2021

Release Date: July 18, 2013

Attorney General Morrisey's Comments on President Obama's speech today regarding ACA

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's speech on the Affordable care Act:

"I listened with a great deal of interest to President Obama's speech today. Let me be clear: the Affordable Care Act remains a bad law for our country and for West Virginians. Increasingly, this view is being shared across the political spectrum. For example, a few days ago, a number of groups--including three major unions--expressed concerns that the implementation of the ACA will hurt their members and workers throughout the nation and could compromise the integrity of the 40 hour work week. Unfortunately, the President failed to address the unions' concerns that their members are not only losing their current health benefits but also losing pay from reduced hours. That's not acceptable for hard working West Virginians.

"As many know, the Administration recently announced that it would delay the employer mandate for large companies for one year. At the same time, however, the President wants to keep the mandate to purchase health insurance on individuals. That's not fair. And his unilateral delay of the employer mandate is arguably illegal. You can't just decide not to enforce provisions of the law that may harm you politically.

"Because of the law's flawed design and the delay of issuance of many of the rules by the federal government, I fear West Virginia and our country will not be ready for open-enrollment on October 1st. As Attorney General, I will do my best to educate consumers about this law and to mitigate harm during this transition. But we have a long, tough road ahead of us if this implementation moves forward."