Most House Democrats expected to oppose GOP Obamacare bills
July 16th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
9 months 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."


Filed under: Health care • House • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I think the administration has done a poor job explaining health care reform from the outset. This latest round of not clearly explainig why the need for the postponement, and why it is selective is another example.

    Simply telling me that businesses need more time does not explain why they need more time. The worst mistake of all is not even trying to explain why businesses are being singled out. They've let the Republicans provide their own explanations.

    July 16, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think most Democrats will stick together," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said
    -------------------------------------------------
    You better do more than "think" Steny. You better ensure they stick together just like the Republicans stick together.
    You get gang raped by these Rethugs because you rent the room, drop your pants and bend over for them EVERY SINGLE TIME.
    Don't you get tired of being victimized by these thugs?
    Jeeesh!

    July 16, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. The Implosion of Obamacare

    Last Thursday, representatives of three of the nation’s largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
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    Proof positive that Obamacare is every bit as destructive as Republicans said it was. Even the unions which helped force this fiasco on the American people are now sounding the alarms.

    If the Democrats truly want to help the job problem and protect the middle class, they will vote to REPEAL the Obamacre nightmare. If they do not, then they will prove to the American people they don't care one iota about them. Leftist ideology comes before the American people.

    July 16, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. California

    According to the article there's STILL a bipartisan agreement against Obamacare. There is and never was any bipartisanship for it.

    July 16, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    They aren't facing the reality.......it was NEVER funded.......and there's no money to pay for it. Period.

    July 16, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Oh Well

    Polls show this law has always been unpopular with the American people. I agree that Health Insurance needs to be adressed but this law has been the wrong approach from the very beginning. Now the Dems are seeing it and Obama has to illegally change his law to save Dems skins in the upcoming elections. Business will start restructuring anyway. Welcome to the age of part time employment everyone.

    July 16, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Canuck

    As a Canadian I find it hard to understand why an advanced ,industrialised country like the United States cannot bring itself to provide affordable universal health care for its citizens – dump the insurance companies – this shouldn't be about profits. Call it socialism if you must , but its just how a civilised country should be – no one should lose their house because they get sick.

    July 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. loyalright

    Liberals, always against what the American people want. Hoyer doesn't worry about us, he is not forced to purchase Obamacare.

    July 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @Fake just sayin, Fake Fair is Fair,

    If you have liberal takes on the day's events, we'd love to hear them ... Under your own handle.

    July 16, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. 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.

    July 16, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    GOP is in doom...

    July 16, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    SICK OF THE GOP! Thank god for obamacare!

    July 16, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. California

    Reid is by far the biggest obstructionist in congress.

    July 16, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. California

    Democrats argued after Obamacare passed that it didn't need funding hence why they didn't care if the republicans said they'd defund it.

    July 16, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Warren

    Rick McDaniel
    They aren't facing the reality.......it was NEVER funded.......and there's no money to pay for it. Period.

    You mean like the wars???

    July 16, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. sonny chapman

    What IS the Repub. alternative to Obamacare ? Death ?

    July 16, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. truth hurts but reality bites

    20,000 pages of rules and regulations (not done yet either) does ANYBODY in their right mid still support this insane legislation? Who the heck wrote this pig slop? Nobody read it before they voted for it. Several very critical pieces of it have already been trashed by either the court or the Obama adminstration and the Democrats. And now the unions are abandoning ship and telling everybody it is going to wreck the middle class.

    What more do the Democrats need before they act responsibly and stop this train wreck in progress? Do they instend to ride the Obamacare train wreck straight over the 2014 election cliff? One can only hope. They deserve this nightmare for their irresponsible far left legislation. But the country and the averga eAmerican does NOT deserve this.

    Repeal it or suffer the consequences come 2014 Democrats. It really is that simple.

    July 16, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    They should kick the GOP pigs off their free healthcare and these GOP lice would be the first to sign up for this program with the yeah age Bachmann and her jail bound staff, I think she might be going to the slammer to!!!!!

    July 16, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. California

    Why are democrats arguing about something they said didn't even exist?

    July 16, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. tom l.

    @Dominican,
    "You better ensure they stick together"

    So you want all of the dems to monolithically vote on issues rather than think for themselves. Perspective, my dear, perspective. The next time you whine and complain about Repubs all voting the same way perhaps you will remember this post.

    July 16, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. tom l.

    @Rudy
    "I think the administration has done a poor job explaining health care reform from the outset. This latest round of not clearly explainig why the need for the postponement, and why it is selective is another example."

    Don't you mean that the president is selectively choosing which parts of the law to enforce and which parts he feels he shouldn't have to enforce? I thought that Obama was supposed to be for the average, little guy. If that's the case, then why is he making you and me fulfill the requirement but big business doesn't have to fulfill their requirement? That doesn't sound like he's looking out for the little guy to me at all...

    July 16, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. 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. The midterms are looking more and more like another landslide for Republicans so they had to pospone this part of the bill in a panic because the dems and the media know how unpopular the law even though they've had 3 years to propagandize it to the public without success.

    July 16, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    You can't selectively pick and choose what parts of a law you want to enforce, Obama. It's either all of it or none of it.

    July 16, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Can you blame the Democrats? Republicans have taken well over 30 votes to repeal Obamacare since 2011. That's an average of one per month. Every time something importaint or critical comes up, they attach "repeal" amendments to it. The language of any bill would have to be closely examined both before and most especially after the vote.

    They keep hollering "repeal and replace" all of the time. Replace it with what? They've had three years to tell us and so far nothing.

    July 16, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    @The Implosion of Obamacare

    Last Thursday, representatives of three of the nation’s largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

    I disagree! My Pappy used to say, if it loks like a fish, walks like a fish and tastes like a fish, it's probably a sardine! I rest my case!
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    The resident troll is out of bed early today... hmmmm 2 PM, not bad for a basement boy.

    July 16, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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