House Votes to Delay ObamaCare (for 38th Time)
Republicans say they've got momentum, thanks to White House backsteps
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2013 6:33 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Republicans voted today to delay core provisions of ObamaCare, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated. After a day of heated rhetoric, the House voted largely along party lines, 264-161, to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. It voted 251-174 to extend a similar grace period to virtually all Americans who will be required to obtain coverage beginning Jan. 1, the linchpin of the law. The House legislation stands no chance in the Democratic-run Senate. Even if it somehow did, the White House promised two vetoes.

The dual political-show votes marked the 38th time the GOP majority has tried to eliminate, defund, or scale back the law since Republicans took control of the House in January 2011. "This administration cannot make its own law work," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, during House debate. Eager to counter the Republican criticism, Obama plans to deliver remarks tomorrow focusing on rebates that consumers are already receiving from insurance companies under the health care law.

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Jul 18, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
Too bad we don't have a Parlimentary form of government as they do in UK and many other countries of the world. The present do-nothing destructive gang in in Washington could be voted out of office.
Jul 18, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
If pro is the opposite of con, is PROgress the opposite of CONgress?
Jul 18, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Don't these people have anything better to do than vote on the same thing 38 times?