House GOP plans Obamacare pickle for Democrats
July 9th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
9 months ago

House GOP plans Obamacare pickle for Democrats

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders are discussing a series of Obamacare votes this month with the goal of putting House Democrats on the hot seat over the President's signature legislative accomplishment.

Now that the Obama administration has announced it will delay the requirement that businesses provide health insurance for a year, House GOP leaders plan to force Democrats to go on record on that decision and other specific provisions of the health care law, according to several House Republican congressional sources. For months House GOP leaders have stressed that highlighting the problems with implementing Obamacare is a central part of their 2014 midterm election playbook.

Republican leaders are drawing up plans to bring up two separate bills for House votes as early as this month– one that would delay the employer mandate and one that would postpone the requirement that individuals have health insurance.

On the first measure GOP aides presume Democrats would support it since it's now the president's policy. But on the second they want to put Democrats in a box - choosing between backing the President and supporting the health care law they passed or joining Republicans in blocking a key provision of Obamacare.

These GOP aides stress that the details are still being worked out, and these votes reflect a different tactic from previous House votes to entirely repeal the law - something the House has done three times already, but which goes nowhere in the Democratically controlled Senate.

At their weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday Republican leaders argued it was unfair to allow businesses a reprieve from the law's requirements for a year, but still mandate that individuals carry health insurance.

"I never thought I'd see the day where the White House and the president came down on the side of big business, but left the American people out in the cold as far as this health care mandate is concerned," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

House Speaker John Boehner called the White House move to single out one segment for delay "outrageous."

"The idea that we are going to give big businesses a break under Obamacare but we are going to punish small businesses and families, it's wrong, and we will have another vote. Count on it," Boehner told reporters Tuesday.

Boehner and other top House Republican leaders sent the President a letter on Tuesday demanding details on why the administration decided to put off the employer health care mandate, and what impact it would have on businesses and the economy.


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  1. Sniffit

    "Over 40,000 LIVING & Breathing Americans die each year because they don't have Health Insurance.
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    A proven lie. No wonder the left has no credibility."

    Experts > Ideolgically motivated denial. I'm gonna go with the facts about people dying every year for lack of insurance coverage. Why don't you cancel yours and see how right you are?

    July 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Revolution

    Rudy s facts. I read somewhere....more people are uninsured under Obama than bush. Good job libs

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Guess

    So scott, more of the gop poolicies championed by bush? where exactly wre you when the economy nearly collapsed? how could anyone think more mercury is the cure for mercury poisining? unless your goal is to destroy the economy, the wealthy always come out further ahead, and eveyone else further behind, of course that hsa nothing too do with it right?

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. California

    Sniffit

    So, essentially, what we're talking about is more symbolic political posturing and gamesmanship legislation from the GOP/Teatroll House leadership, not JOBS JOBS JOBS legislation. Good to know. Please proceed, GOPers...your demographic Armageddon just keeps on getting closer.
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    Try to stay on topic please. The 47% of workers being part time isn't the issue.

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    So "Peoples State of Illinois"(nice tag name), what are your stats on annual American deaths attributed to folks not getting treatment for lack of heath insurance ?

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "what obama is doing with obamacare is exactly what he would do with any immigration bill. he would simply waive or ignore the requirments they don't like"

    I was wondering when Bill Kristol's memo to the GOP/Teatroll House leadership would show up....in which he demands that they just kill immigration reform outright and provides that argument as justification. By all means, proceed towards demographic Armageddon.

    July 9, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. just sayin

    Seth A Drekin
    lol What a joke. The ACA is becoming MORE popular every day. A Significant majority of Americans already support the Bill, though some of them want it to go even farther.
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    more like seth a drinkin too much koolaide. there hasn't been a single poll taken that shows a majority of the american people support obamacare. none. zero. nada. anfd the more this train wreck approaches, the more people oppose it. of course, all the people getting free stuff will love it. they always love free stuff that others have to pay for.

    July 9, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "So, essentially, what we're talking about is more symbolic political posturing and gamesmanship legislation from the GOP/Teatroll House leadership, not JOBS JOBS JOBS legislation. Good to know. Please proceed, GOPers...your demographic Armageddon just keeps on getting closer.
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    Try to stay on topic please. The 47% of workers being part time isn't the issue."

    Interesting interpretation. Nothing in my post was about 47% of workers being part-time labor. Try to stay on Earth please.

    July 9, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. NameFrank Deery

    Obamacare, written and rushed through Congress, by aged 70's liberals Pelosi and Reid, and, obviously, not "reviewed or edited"
    by The Originator, Obama, the prodginy of like minds, is already failing! Employer mandates pushed back, 16 State exchanges in flux, and no 20 something highly paid, healthy American will sign up for that, if a smaller fine is their resort. So, who pays for the 30 million uninsured? Taxpayers!
    We are
    broke, and Obama Shams-globally. Africa today, more fundraisers in Hollywood tomorrow. Leadership? Zilch! Preening and prancing, especially after Boston and the Benghazi/IRS scandels, resonate at Grass Roots, Democrats!

    Let Biden do it, as Obama won't or can't. Either way, liberal media, you backed this guy!

    July 9, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. ghostwriter

    Just saying....4 years later and they still can't read the bill and figure it out. this is the national disaster you get when you have a bunch of arrogant politicians try and recreate one seventh of our economy based on their far left political agenda and not the reality of the marketplace.

    Umm.....a far left political agenda created by republicans and put into affect by the last republican presidential candidate. The only reason we tolerate you guys is for comedic value. It's even funnier when you guys aren't bright enough to realize how stupid you sound. But that is what happens when you follow the Beck/Rush/conservative radio crowd.

    July 9, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "So "Peoples State of Illinois"(nice tag name), what are your stats on annual American deaths attributed to folks not getting treatment for lack of heath insurance ?"

    Wait, lemme guess he response: "They didn't die for lack of health care coverage...they died because they got sick."

    July 9, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. just sayin

    sonny chapman
    So "Peoples State of Illinois"(nice tag name), what are your stats on annual American deaths attributed to folks not getting treatment for lack of heath insurance ?
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    it is the left making this statement. the left needs to prove or document the statement. please provide the death certificates of the people where it states the cause of death was lack of health insurance. and even if and when peopl ehave health insurance, do you think everybody is going to suddenly start going to the doctor and doing the right thing in their healthcare? of course not. the same number will die, with health insurance, because quite frankly, there are large numbers of really dumb people in this country. you are living proof of that!

    July 9, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. co-man-senz

    I find It fascinating to watch the gopers strategize with the concept of driving a wedge between democrats and potus. By claiming concern for the americans who do not have health insurance. Republicans do not represent the interests of the uninsured. Most voters know this. They have voted almost 40 times to ensure that staus quo remains so. Why then with these indisputable facts would republicans even feign to believe this strategy would work? Probably for the same reason they wasted taxpayer money voting on a bill they knew would never clear the senate. Insanity.

    July 9, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    Hey," Just Sayin", that's what I don't get; Repubs. usually go nuts when they THINK someone is getting a free ride off of them. People with no Health Insurance ARE getting that free ride when they show up @ the Emergency room for something that could have been treated easily earlier. What if we rename it, "The Bob Dole/Richard Nixon Personal Responsibility Health Care Act" ?

    July 9, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Wait, lemme guess he [sic] response: "They didn't die for lack of health care coverage...they died because they got sick.""
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    "please provide the death certificates of the people where it states the cause of death was lack of health insurance. "
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    Close enough? Do I win the intertubez now?

    July 9, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. California

    Sniffit

    "So, essentially, what we're talking about is more symbolic political posturing and gamesmanship legislation from the GOP/Teatroll House leadership, not JOBS JOBS JOBS legislation. Good to know. Please proceed, GOPers...your demographic Armageddon just keeps on getting closer.

    Try to stay on topic please. The 47% of workers being part time isn't the issue."

    Interesting interpretation. Nothing in my post was about 47% of workers being part-time labor. Try to stay on Earth please.
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    Your post was about jobs for which this article is not about. You really do make things up as you go along don't you. Poor libby.

    July 9, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. conniesz

    Lack of health insurance places a burden on the rest of us. If you end up at an ER without insurance, guess who ultimately picks up the tab? If you become a burden through chronic illness that might have been averted with preventive care guess who picks up the tab? There's more to health insurance than preventing death under extreme circumstances, it's the little costs to society (and employers) that add up over time and cost the tax payers in the end. Lack of insurance cannot mean you will be left to die in the streets, because as a society we really can't stomach that but anything less leaves the rest of us to pick up the tab for all sorts of things. Universal (single-payer) health insurance is the best answer but the selfish idealogs won't allow that so what congress passed and is now called ObamaCare(s) will have to do. Anything less is unacceptable as we already have health costs that are over the top and results that are mediocre – why is that acceptable?

    July 9, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "do you think everybody is going to suddenly start going to the doctor and doing the right thing in their healthcare?"

    That's not the issue, Jethro. The issue is people literally dying because they do not have access to necessary, life-saving treatments...not just catastrophic care, but also treatments that help prevent disease progression or keep lifelong illnesses in check, including congenital diseases, not just "oh, he's fat or she smoked so it's their own fault." Your ability to run tangent from the argument just to try to create a dishonest distraction is quite impressive.

    July 9, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    California

    As a democrat once stated, it's a TRAIN WRECK!!!!
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    A soon to be former Democrat, one who gets significant campaign donations from the CA healthcare industry.

    July 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. California

    Name calling just proves how pathetic you really are and also degrades anything you have to say.

    You know who you are.

    July 9, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. California

    Rudy NYC

    California

    As a democrat once stated, it's a TRAIN WRECK!!!!
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    A soon to be former Democrat, one who gets significant campaign donations from the CA healthcare industry.
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    Still a dem.

    July 9, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Your post was about jobs for which this article is not about. You really do make things up as you go along don't you. Poor libby."

    Parsing what I said in order to ignore its greater context is pretty lame. I was clearly stating that this latest legislative shenanigan by the House GOP/Teatrolls is just another attempt to distract from and avoid addressing the economy and jobs jobs jobs, which they promised to have a laser focus on, but have done nothing but ignore since 2010. This legislation addresses no relevant issues and is nothing more than a fairly ineffective maneuver to attempt gaining political advantage...symbolic legislation that is DOA and intended solely to manufacture talking points for later, not actually solve or address issues. That observation couldn't be more on topic or relevant to this article. Even the CNN meathead who wrote the headline recognized it.

    July 9, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. RWB1956

    There must be something to this ACA if they are trying so hard to taint it. In other words, "if'n theys agin it, I's fer it.

    July 9, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. chill

    Usual hypocritical lies and distortions. So-called big business is ALREADY providing health care 90% of the time. I think there are about 10,000 businesses all told that might be large enough to be impacted and don't already provide the benefit. Half the reason the administration has had such difficulty getting a complex piece of legislation up and running is that the GOP has done everything in their power to get in the way- cutting funding, not approving appointments, and so forth. And liek any significant program, there are always things that need to be improved, but really, can you imagine ANY Republican willing to help make Obamacare better by working together on tweaks that are needed?

    July 9, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. California

    "I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid" ~JG

    July 9, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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