Lawmakers put brakes on Obama’s Affordable Care Act

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July 18, 2013, 5:52 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Melissa Mollet) – Lawmakers are again putting the brakes on President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, voting to delay the so-called "employer mandate" by one year and extending a similar grace period to virtually all Americans required to have coverage starting in January.

After this delay, there is more frustration for the President. Thursday though, he plans to push ahead, touting the economic benefits of his affordable care act.

Thursday’s speech, coming just hours after the Republican-controlled House voted to
delay part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the mandate that 50 million uninsured Americans be required to carry insurance.

"This is a game, political tricks...nothing more…nothing less," said Rep. Steny Hoyer, (D) Maryland.

The House, for the 38th time, voted to repeal parts of the health care bill, including voting against the employer mandate, making official what was already put on hold by the
Obama Administration earlier this month.

Wednesday's votes are disappointing for the President but not unexpected.

"So they go about the business, again, of trying to overturn a law that is providing enormous benefits," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.

The President's speech Thursday morning is expected to focus on billions of dollars in rebates already handed out across the nation.

But some Republicans say that's not enough and that the law has a negative impact on family, individual and business' bottom line.

"This is a recognition just like the President's recognition that Obamacare doesn't work, and that it's hurting Americans," said Rep. Tim Griffin, (R) Arkansas.

"The President doesn't get to pick and choose which laws he enforces," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R) Washington.

The House legislation stands almost no chance in the Democratic-run senate.

The Congressional Budget Office says delaying the individual mandate will reduce the deficit, but increase premiums.

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