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July 17, 2013

House tries, for 38th time, to roll back or eliminate parts of new health care law

For the 38th time, the House of Representatives has tried to roll back or end parts of the 2010 health care law.

By a 251-174, largely party line vote, the Republican-dominated House voted to delay by a year the individual mandate. Most people will have to obtain health coverage next year or face a penalty.

By a 264-161 vote, the House agreed to a similar delay in the employer mandate, a delay the Obama administration has already announced.

The Democratic-led Senate is unlikely to pass either measure. Republicans will urge them to do so, though.

In a statement from party Senate leaders, Republicans made this plea:

“The president has now acknowledged that a significant component of his health care law is broken and has delayed enforcement of ObamaCare’s employer mandate. We applaud the House of epresentatives’ action tonight to ensure that all Americans are protected from ObamaCare’s costly mandates and we call on the Majority Leader to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for a vote. If Senate Democrats agree with the president that employers should be protected from ObamaCare’s costly mandate, do they also believe that the rest of America should have that same protection? Rather than a delay for some, we need permanent delay for all Americans.”



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