The Hill: Boehner: House to vote next week on delaying ObamaCare mandates

By Russell Berman – 07/11/13 11:42 AM ET

The House will vote next week to delay the implementation of both the employer and individual mandate in the healthcare law, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Thursday.

Republicans are looking to seize on the Obama administration’s decision last week to delay the employer mandate, the requirement that businesses provide healthcare to employees or pay fines.  

“ObamaCare is raising costs, making it harder for businesses to hire, and now it’s wide open to fraud,” Boehner said in prepared remarks. “In short, it’s a train wreck.  Even the administration admits the health law is unworkable.” House Republicans, who have voted more than three dozen times to repeal the 2010 law, view the administration’s announcement as a new opening to press their case that the entire program be scrapped. 

In the last week, they have adopted a populist response to the move on the employer mandate, arguing that the White House is punishing individuals while giving businesses a break.

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

“Is it fair for the president to give American businesses an exemption from his health law’s mandates, without giving the same break to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” he continued.  “Next week the House will vote to delay both the employer and individual mandate. It would be unfair to protect big business from ObamaCare but not individuals and families.”

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