U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN 6) discusses the federal Affordable Care Act with Dearborn County business owners on June 21.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to impose one-year delays on both the employer and individual mandates in the federal Affordable Care Act.
The two votes saw some House Democrats cross the aisle to vote with GOP members on the dealy bills. House Resolution 2668, authored by Indiana 9th District Congressman Todd Young (R), passed on a 251-174 vote. Missouri Republican Tim Griffin’s House Resolution 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, passed 264-161.
How did our local congressmen vote? All of Indiana’s Republican congressmen and women, including 6th District Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville), voted for both bills. Ohio 1st District’s Steve Chabot and Kentucky 4th District’s Thomas Massie also voted for the one-year put-off.
In early July, the Obama Administration said it would delay the employer mandate for businesses with 50 or more employees until 2015. The mandate requires businesses to provide insurance coverage or pay a penalty.
Rep. Young said the delay should be fair for all.
“President Obama’s attempt to grant relief from the employer tax provisions only to big businesses does not meet that standard of fairness, so the House has passed legislation that gives hardworking Americans and their families the same sort of relief from the individual tax,” Young said.
The measures, which were combined to one bill after their House passage, face a much tougher battle in the Democrat majority Senate.