House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday the Obama administration’s recent announcement it will delay the “employer mandate” in the president’s health care overhaul “outrageous” and pledged the House will act in kind on the individual mandate in the law.
“We’ll have another vote — count on it,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, told reporters Tuesday.
The plan is to hold a vote on delaying the mandate that will eventually require most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, in much the same way the Obama administration recently announced it will delay for one year a requirement in the law that businesses with 50 or more workers provide health coverage.
The House has voted some 40 times to repeal all or part of the law, but Republicans have derided the announcement that large businesses will receive a waiver as discriminatory against individuals and small businesses, calling it a political ploy ahead of the 2014 midterm elections and further proof that the law as a whole isn’t going to work.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration is trying to be flexible in its implementation of the law and downplayed the delay’s real-world impact Monday.
“The fact is that 96 percent of employers, roughly, already provide insurance, and numerous experts agree on this matter that the decision to postpone implementation of this provision of the Affordable Care Act will have no significant impact on implementation overall,” he said.