House Votes to Delay Key Obamacare Provisions
The US House of Representatives voted yesterday to delay two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act -- marking the 38th and 39th times the House has voted to repeal or amend all or some of President Obama’s landmark legislation.
Wednesday, the House voted for a one-year delay on the requirement that most Americans insurance by 2014.
Legislators also voted to delay the requirement that employers with 50 employees or more to provide health coverage, even though Obama already announced that implementation of this provision will be delayed one year.
The senate does not plan to vote on either piece of legislation. Democrats are calling the votes another attempt by Republicans to weaken the Affordable Care Act and waste time.
Today, Obama will discuss the health care law in a speech at the White House, focusing specifically on a provision that will require insurance providers to refund customers when they spend less than 80% of premiums on medical care. Obama said the provision will result in 8.5 million Americans receiving $500 million in refunds this summer.
Media Resources: Bloomberg, 7/18/2013; New York Times, 7/17/2013; USA Today, 7/18/2013; Washington Post, 7/17/2013
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