Excerpted from MSNBC
It didn’t work the first 37 times, but that didn’t stop Republicans in the House Wednesday from passing two bills aimed at adjusting key parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The House of Representatives voted 264-161 to pass a bill that would delay for one year the Affordable Care Act’s provision requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced that another key part of the Affordable Care Act, the section that mandates employers with 50 or more people help provide health insurance to their employees, would be delayed for one year until 2015. Today the House voted 251-174 to pass a bill that would make this employer mandate announcement a law.
Both bills were sent to the Democratically-controlled Senate, where they will not be taken up for debate. The White House has already said it would veto either bill.
It’s the 38th time since Republicans took control of the House in January 2011, that they have voted on repealing, defunding, or changing the landmark health law passed in 2010.
Members of Congress spent hours passionately debating the two bills on the House floor Wednesday.
House Republicans were using these two bills and the Obama administration’s recent decision to delay the employer mandate’s implementation to jab at Obamacare. “They’re finally admitting this is a trainwreck and it is not ready for primetime,” said Tennesee Republican Marsha Blackburn.
Republicans supporting H.R. 2667, the employer mandate bill, asserted that adjusting legislation should be the job of Congress, not the executive branch.
“In our constitution, it is the Congress that writes the laws and the president who executes the laws. He doesn’t get to choose which laws he wants to enforce selectively,” Rep. Paul Ryan said on the House floor. “This law is unraveling before us.”
“I know about enforcing laws. I was a cop for 33 years. You don’t pick and choose. You enforce the law. That’s what this president should do, and we’re making a law in line with what this president wants,” added Rep. Dave Reichert, Washington Republican. Keep reading