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Lankford Addresses Immigration, Affordable Care Act

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On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would delay the deadline companies with 50 or more full-time employees must comply with the Affordable Care Act until 2015.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) says requirements of the law, also known as Obamacare, are too far-reaching for real, law-abiding small business owners to implement.

Businesses built on the American dream are frustrated by complex requirements of the President’s signature healthcare law,” Lankford says. “Requirements on Oklahoma businesses like compliance paperwork, reporting mandates and coverage minimums have caused business owners in my district to halt growth in order to brace for the financial levies to give way.”

Lankford also addressed immigration reform and sequestration during a town hall-style forum Tuesday in Del City, just a few miles from Tinker Air Force Base.

He says the sweeping immigration bill passed last week by the U.S. Senate won’t get a hearing in the House, but he says Republican colleagues have several opinions about what should be included in that chamber’s version of the bill.

Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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