Most House Democrats expected to oppose GOP Obamacare bills
July 16th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Most House Democrats expected to oppose GOP Obamacare bills

Washington (CNN) – Most House Democrats are expected to oppose two House Republican bills on Wednesday that would delay key provisions of Obamacare, the number two House Democrat told reporters Tuesday.

"I think most Democrats will stick together," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said when asked about the upcoming votes. He called the Republican bill to delay the employer mandate to provide health care insurance "redundant" because it "doesn't do anything beyond what the president has already done."

Earlier this month the Obama administration announced it would postpone for one year the requirement in the health care law that mandates business with more than 50 employees offer health insurance.

Congressional Republicans pounced on the development as evidence that the law they unanimously opposed in 2010 was deeply flawed and needed to be rolled back. GOP leaders announced the House would vote on that action, plus another bill to postpone the mandate that all individuals carry health insurance or pay a penalty.

House Speaker John Boehner railed against the administration's decision at his weekly press conference when he announced the twin Obamacare votes last week.

"Is it fair for the president to give American businesses an exemption for the health law's mandates without giving the same break to individuals and families across the country? Hell no, it isn't," he said.

Hoyer defended the administration's decision to delay one component and argued the provision affected "a relatively small universe of businesses." But the Democratic vote counter said the mandate on individuals should be preserved, saying any delay "undermines protections to literally millions of people."


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

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

    You Democrats better not fold. We can get rid of you just as fast as we can get rid of republicans. Grow a pair already! Stand by your principles and uphold the LAW.
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    The LEADER of your party is not upholding the law. Enforce it all or enforce none of it.

    July 16, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    rob

    @Rudy

    They don't have any good explanation. The reality is that the employer mandate is so onerous that it would have hurt business and therefore slow hiring and, most importantly to Democrats and the liberal media carrying their water, is the midterm elections.
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    Actually, they do. The civil suits that finally wound up in the SCOTUS introduced delays to rolling it out. Many businesses simply assumed that it would be overturned, and did nothing to prepare. Likewise for many states. But, blaming the businesses for dragging their own feet presents a bad set of optics to the public.

    July 16, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. tom l.

    Cleary Obama is for big business. He still has the little guy subjected to the mandate but big business doesn't have to play by those rules because Obama deemed it to be. Rudy, Dutch, rs, Lynda, Dominican, Sniffit? Any comments?

    July 16, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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