The House voted on Wednesday to delay two key components of President Obama’s health care law after the White House announced it was postponing an important mandate.
This represents the thirty-eighth time the Republican majority has moved to either repeal, de-fund or curtail the Affordable Care Act since taking control of the House in 2011.
In a bipartisan 264-161 vote, Congress codifies a decision made by the Obama administration earlier this month to give companies a one-year reprieve. But the GOP leadership took that a step further and held a vote to postpone the individual mandate, which passed by a 251-174 vote.
“From the very beginning it was clear that this one-size-fits-all law was the wrong approach to addressing our nation’s health care woes. I still believe that repeal of this devastating law is needed, but until then we need to ensure that American families aren’t punished while the administration gives big businesses a break,” says Congressman Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., adding the law is a “train wreck.”
Obamcare certainly remains a political punching bag for Republican congressmen and senators in Kentucky, but Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who represents Louisville and voted for the law, continues to speak up for its benefits since passage.
Yarmuth’s office released data on Wednesday from the House Energy & Commerce Committee showing a district-by-district breakdown what the law is doing in Kentucky.
The committee figures show in Guthrie’s district, for example, 42,000 children in Kentucky’s Second Congressional District with preexisting health conditions cannot be denied coverage and 135,000 seniors are now eligible for Medicare preventive services.
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Both House bills are considered non-starters in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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