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House to vote on delaying Affordable Care Act

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The House of Representatives plans to vote Wednesday on whether or not to delay the start of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
The argument between House Republicans and Democrats in this case involves health insurance mandates.
Obamacare would require smaller businesses and individuals to buy insurance or face fines.   
Republicans want to delay those mandates until 2015.
Democrats say GOP lawmakers are just trying to dismantle Obamacare again.
Last week, there were reports of union leaders sending letters to the President about their concerns.  They believe businesses will cut employee hours to less than 30 a week in order to avoid paying for health insurance.
The White House says they are willing to push the employer mandate back to give businesses more time to comply, but insists the individual mandate must start as planned in order to make health insurance cheaper for everyone.
"They [Republicans] should just get real and understand this is a law that's important and they should work with us to improve it," argued Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Speaker of the House John Boehner fought back: “It's unfair to protect big businesses without giving the same relief to the American families and small businesses.”
Nine out of ten businesses required to provide health insurance under the employer mandate already do so.
Even if the bills pass the House, it is believed they have little to no chance of passing the Senate.
NewsChannel 3 will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as soon as they are available.

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The Obama administration achieved a major victory in late June when the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2015 is closed but people with special circumstances can still get covered on healthcare.gov.

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