House GOP plans Obamacare pickle for Democrats
July 9th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
1 year 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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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The only thing that republicans are concerned about are elections. Remember that agenda about JOBS JOBS JOBS? It's been more about STOP ABORTION STOP ABORTION STOP ABORTION. If you're a reasonable person, ask yourself what exactly has this GOTP majority in the House accomplished.

    July 9, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Instead of working on the many problems facing this country and trying to take actions that will help improve things......the GOP led congress opts to play games for political gain instead. A lot of these people sorely need to be voted out in the 2014 election cycle.

    July 9, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "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."
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    Good grief. There they go again. Doing dumb stuff. This reminds of the "box" that Mitch McConnell had thought that he had constructed, only to wind up filibustering his own bill. I don't expect any filibusters, but I don't see this "box" that Republicans think that they've constructed. If no one else can see this box, does this mean that they're constructing another box around themselves. We've had a few of those, most notably the budget/tax battle at the end of 2010.

    July 9, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. tom l.

    @Dutch,
    Why do you rely so much on the govt to create jobs? That's not their role. Plus, you keep talking about this "agenda" of jobs, jobs, jobs but for some reason don't hold Pelosi and her ilk to the same standards. Perspective would be a great thing for you to have...

    July 9, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. 1108

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The only thing that republicans are concerned about are elections. Remember that agenda about JOBS JOBS JOBS?

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    And where's Obama been? Gun control, immigration, climate change. What no jobs?

    July 9, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. just sayin

    obamacare... a democrat party owned and operated train wreck. 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. obama, reid and pelosi are the masters of disaster. let them choke on their own bill.

    July 9, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Michael Benjamin

    More of the same from the party that is hellbent on destroying America.

    July 9, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Perspective would be a great thing for you to have...
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    Voting 37 times to repeal Obamacare and countless attempts to restrict a woman to her right to choose. I know exactly where my perspective is. A sequestered government brought about by this irresponsible which is costing jobs. The evidence is clear. Under republican administrations, jobs are lost and recessions are caused. It's been up to the democrat to come in a clean up their mess.

    July 9, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So Folks, What would you have the Republician's do ? They didn't Vote Obama Care in. They didn't give lots and lots of wavers from Obama Care. Thee didn't suddenly delay the Employer Mandate at least a year. What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander eh? We need to pass this bill so we can see what's in it. Liberal's and Democrat's want to run the country but they want the Republician's and Conservatives to pay for it. Good luck.

    July 9, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Ohio Dave

    Obama and the Democrats put themselves in a box when they pushed through this fiasco. It does not not help their 2014 electoral chances at all and will be a problem for the 2016 democratic presidential candidate. Time is against the supporters of this bill. The more people and companies find out about it (all 20,000 pages so far) the less popular it will become. Of course, that part of the electorate who lives off of government programs are still in favor of Obama Care.

    July 9, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    We should have passed the American Jobs Act, "pass this bill", back in 2011. Republicans blocked it. It would have repaired our roads, bridges and highways, which are in dire need of repair and expansion. It would save the economy money, too. I've read where traffic delays cost the economy $90 billion per year, which is triple what we initially paid to construct the entire interstate highway system throughout the country.

    July 9, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. scott

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If you're a reasonable person, ask yourself what exactly has this GOTP majority in the House accomplished.
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    Prevented the Democrats and liberals from screwing up this country even worse then it is now. Obamacare need to go, all it does is increase insurance costs, force people to buy insurance they may not be able to afford.

    July 9, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. rs

    The GOP used to be the party of leaders and adults. Now it seems it is simply the "gatcha!" party- anything to get their way, and to tear down America and the Middle Class.

    July 9, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    What is the big deal. Implement this law. Period.

    July 9, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    force people to buy insurance they may not be able to afford.
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    You must have not read the provision of the law that states that they can't enforce you to pay didley squat. You may be fined, however, they can't make you buy it if you don't want it. You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own FACTS!

    July 9, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    So Folks, What would you have the Republician's do ? They didn't Vote Obama Care in. They didn't give lots and lots of wavers from Obama Care. Thee didn't suddenly delay the Employer Mandate at least a year. What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander eh? We need to pass this bill so we can see what's in it.
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    You are correct, Republicans did nothing. They did nothing while unemployment skyrocketed under Bush; they did nothing when 28, then 38 and now 45% of Americans have NO HEALTH INSURANCE; they did nothing but obstruct the ACA while applauding Romneycare- a virtual twin; They did nothing with the ACA- they got all of their negotiated demands met, then didn't vote for it.

    Quite right Ray- THE REPUBLICAN DID NOTHING!

    July 9, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. just askin

    the obama adminstration cannot legally change the law that was passed. they must implement it as passed or they are violating the law. if they need it changed, they should be coming to congress for the needed amendments and corrections. the republcan lead house has this right.

    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 and give all the illegals amnesty and citizenship. they have shown repeatedly, the rule of law means nothing to them. they simply cannot be trusted.

    July 9, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. rs

    just sayin

    obamacare... a democrat party owned and operated train wreck. 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. obama, reid and pelosi are the masters of disaster. let them choke on their own bill.
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    Ahem, the ACA brings the power of the market to bear to lower individual premium prices. Or do you not believe in Capittalism either?

    July 9, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. California

    As a democrat once stated, it's a TRAIN WRECK!!!!

    July 9, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Over 40,000 LIVING & Breathing Americans die each year because they don't have Health Insurance. So, what is the Repub. Plan to address this serious life/death issue? Put the Dems. in a pickle & make ALL pregnant women have the baby.

    July 9, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Wilson

    With all of America's problems and issues caused and exacerbated by both political parties, our contry is still the best to live in. Here is an example of why: My oldest step-son is working in Russia. He ate some bad borsh provided by his company and got very sick and nearly died of dehydration. Finally, his bosses listened to him and called the ambulance and sent him to the hospital. Each of his bosses, up his chain of command called him, not to find out how he was doing, or to wish him well. But to tell him to be silent about the origin of his illness. To say that his illness is a result of his own food. Or he will be fired and will never be able to find work again. He has no recourse, there are no organizations such as OSHA, or any of the myriad of organizations, to look after workers. So he will be silent and keep his job. Here in the states, at the very least a lawsuit would be in the offing.

    July 9, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. 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.

    July 9, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. 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. Railing against this bill may rile up the Tea Party again, but they have already halved in size from rational people realizing the Tea Party doesn't make any sense. 2014 is going to be a Landslide Year for the Democrats and Republicans are going to be predicting their own Victory right up to the Minute the results are announced, again..

    The fight is over. You lost. Move on.

    July 9, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Peoples State of Illinois

    @sonny chapman

    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.

    July 9, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. daboys777

    Once again no plan from the GOP but just more stall tactics and scare tactics.

    July 9, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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