In the years since the law was passed, exemptions have been given to numerous large corporations and unions from the law. Earlier this year, President Obama unilaterally chose to delay an employer mandate for one year. A vote was held after the President’s decision.
“I think that (the President’s) responsibility was to see that it was enforced,” Braley said. He added that it is his belief that the President made the best decision, based upon the evidence available to him. Braley has concerns about the President possibly overstepping his bounds, but ultimately, sided with the decision.
“I voted to support the President’s decision,” Braley said.
Braley said he did read the law before voting on it. He had his copy marked as he traveled to 17 town hall meetings in 2010, prior to a vote.
During a time, years ago, when Knoxville Mayor Don Zoutte was pushing to keep inpatient services at the VA Medical Center, Braley attended a rally in support of the cause. As it stands today, Braley said he would like to give local residents the ability to utilize the facility and make it an asset to the area once again.
Braley was asked his opinion of the VA’s decision to transfer inpatients from Knoxville, and in turn, spend over $30 million on a new facility in Des Moines. He did not want to comment, as the decision was made and actions taken.
“It is what it is at this point,” Braley said. He said he was offered many reasons to invest in Des Moines. After all of the effort made to keep Knoxville’s hospital open, Braley believes it is not helpful to go back and second-guess the VA’s decision.
Braley touts his support of veterans, including a story of visiting Walter Reed Medical Center. Walter Reed is a Department of Defense facility, not VA. He was impressed by the young men and women he met there.