Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GOP Bills go after Obamacare, with more on the way

It’s doubtful whether any of the bills targeting Obamacare that Republicans are advancing will ever become law, since Obama has threatened to veto them. But they do help show which parts of the healthcare law the GOP will complain about the most and where they’re winning some Democrats over.
So far, the House has voted four times this month to change parts of the Affordable Care Act, adding to the dozens of bills it has approved in the last five years to modify the law or repeal it entirely. Two of the bills tweaking the law’s employer mandate were noncontroversial and approved unanimously.
Not so for the other two measures, which were passed largely along partisan lines. One changes the law’s definition of full-time work, while the other bans subsidized Obamacare plans from covering abortion.
The Senate hasn’t jumped into the debate with its new GOP majority. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the workweek bill, which raises the threshold at which workers may qualify for employer-sponsored coverage from 30 hours a week to 40, is a top priority, along with a bill from Sen. Orrin Hatch repealing the law’s medical device tax.
“I don't expect a great deal of bipartisanship on the revisitation of Obamacare, but we're going to do that,” McConnell said this week. “And people have an opportunity to see how the new majority in the Senate feels about that unfortunate piece of legislation.”
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