The House Pushing For Vote To Delay Both Employer and Individual Mandate

Published on July 11, 2013


House Speaker John Boehner said his chamber will hold back-to-back votes next  week to delay two key pieces of Obamacare — the individual and employer  mandates.

“The president delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate, but he hasn’t delayed  the mandate on individuals and families,” Boehner said Thursday. “This is  unfair, and it is indefensible.”

The individual mandate requires most people to get health  coverage. The employer one — delayed by the White House until 2015 — requires  businesses with more than 50 workers to cover them.

Republicans hope to put Democrats in a tough spot by forcing them to vote on  delaying the employer mandate — and then making them vote on delaying the  individual mandate, too, something Democrats are sure to oppose.

Charging that “even the administration admits the health law is unworkable,”  Boehner juxtaposed the different pressures that businesses versus individual  Americans will face if only one of the mandates is delayed. Republicans are also  questioning whether the Treasury had the legal authority to say it wasn’t going  to enforce a portion of the health law for a year.

“If you’re a software company making billions in profits, you’re exempt from  Obamacare next year,” he said. “But if you’re a 28-year-old struggling to pay  off your student loans, you’re not.”

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