GOP lawmakers push to delay Obamacare to 2015


(KYTX) - The House of Representatives will have another vote today on the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as 'Obamacare.'

Speaker of the House John Boehner has scheduled the vote. This is just the latest attempt to repeal or make changes to the law.

"They've voted 40 times to repeal it. What's happened 40 times? Of course, it's failed." says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Republicans want to delay the start of the law's employer and individual mandates which require smaller businesses and Americans to purchase insurance or face fines.

"This really is a train wreck." says Republican Senator John Thune.

Earlier this month, the White House announced plans to push the employer mandate to 2015 because businesses said they needed more time to comply.

And last week, it was reported some union leaders sent a letter to the president saying they had "deep concerns" about that part of the law.

They believe businesses will cut employee hours to less than 30 a week in order to avoid paying for health insurance.

"This is undermining the fundamentals of a 40-hour workweek in the United States." says Republican Senator John Barrasso.

While the White House is willing to push the employer mandate, it says the individual mandate must start as planned in order to make health insurance cheaper for everyone.

"It's unfair to protect big businesses without giving the same relief to the American families and small businesses." says Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Democrats say rather than trying to get rid of the law, Republicans should work with them to fix any problems.

"They should just get real and understand this is a law that's important and they should work with us to improve it."

Even if the bills pass the House Wednesday, they have little to no chance of passing the Senate.


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