Congressman Brooks: Enrollment Extension For Health Care Law “Unlawful”

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) - North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks blasted the enrollment extension for the new federal health care law Monday, just hours before a previously set deadline that mandates health insurance for most Americans took effect.

U.S. Rep. Brooks (R-District 5) accused President Obama's administration of making up the rules as they go along when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, during a Washington update luncheon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Monday afternoon. The Obamacare deadline that requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty was set to hit at 11 p.m. CDT Monday. But earlier this month the White House said those who had at least started their enrollment application by the deadline would be exempt from the cutoff, and given an unspecified amount of time to finish.

"[The extension] is not lawful because it's not in the legislation that Congress passed and the president signed," said Brooks. "I don't think you're going to see any change in the lawlessness of this administration."

Rep. Brooks and other members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have called the White House issued-extension an unconstitutional and illegal power grab since it was never written into the bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in early 2010. Some critics of the health care law have put forward the possibility of formal legal action against President Obama through the federal court system. Rep. Brooks said consumers would soon feel the pain of the controversial law.

"[The health care law] is structured in such a way that it's going to drive up health care costs for most Americans, while also decreasing the quality of health care for most Americans," said Brooks. "Ultimately I think the American people are going to rise up, demand its repeal, and replace it with something that does improve our health care."