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.