Sen. Jerry Moran will put President Obama’s health care law in the spotlight Thursday by forcing committee votes on mandates within the law during consideration of a health spending bill.
Mr. Moran, Kansas Republican, will offer an amendment to the bill that forces lawmakers to support or oppose the White House’s decision July 2 to put off, to 2015, the “employer mandate” requiring businesses of 50 or more workers to offer health insurance or pay fines.
Then, he will propose a measure to delay the “individual mandate” requiring most Americans to acquire some form of health coverage.
“We ought to give the opportunity for folks to weigh in on the president’s decision to delay the business aspect of the mandate,” Mr. Moran told reporters this week. “And secondly, if business are going to receive relief from this onerous, record-keeping, time-consuming uncertainty, then individual families, our constituents, the folks back home, ought to have the same opportunity.”
House Republican leaders’ are forming plans to hold similar votes in their chamber.
Democrats began this week to hit back at GOP-led criticism of the Affordable Care Act, saying Republicans set it up to fail and are now relishing its stumbles.
Nonetheless, the proposed votes on the law’s mandates put Democrats in the tough position of having to defend a law even the president says needed changes, or else distance themselves from his signature achievement.