The Washington Times - July 10, 2013, 07:09AM

A Democratic congressman is fighting back against a barrage of GOP-led criticism of President Obama’s health care law, which reached new heights this week when the White House decided to delay its “employer mandate” for one year.

Rep. Sander Levin, of Michigan, said Republicans are “engaged in a hypocritical, dead-end attack on health care reform.”

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Mr. Levin serves as ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee, whose Republican leaders have been among the fiercest critics of “Obamacare.”

Critics ratcheted up their attacks on the Affordable Care Act after the Obama administration quietly announced it would delay the employer mandate until 2015, pushing it past the mid-term elections. The mandate requires firms with 50 or more workers to offer adequate health insurance or pay hefty fines.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, signaled on Tuesday he will hold more votes aimed at dismantling the president’s top domestic achievement.

Mr. Levin rebuked GOP leaders for leading a smear campaign against a law intended to help Americans gain health insurance.

“In state after state, many Republicans are trying to thwart a Medicaid expansion without which millions of the most vulnerable Americans won’t have access to health coverage,” he said. “And in Washington House Republicans are now planning the 38th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and preparing a bill aimed at undercutting health care reform by trying to connect it to the troubles at the IRS.”

“All of this,” he added, “when the nation is asking House Republicans to work with House Democrats to find common ground.”