WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a rare Saturday session, the House of Representatives today approved changes to a Continuing Resolution which would delay ObamaCare for one year and repeal the medical device tax. U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) voted in support of the changes to the Continuing Resolution, which would keep the government operating.
Following the House vote late Saturday night, the Senate must now act on the House-passed legislation by midnight on October 1 or risk a government shutdown.
“ObamaCare will not work. ObamaCare enrollment is set to begin in two days, and there is doubt that the exchanges are ready, millions of Americans remain in the dark about the labyrinth of programs, and there is no certainty that the government can fulfill its promises. It’s just commonsense – this law needs to be delayed.
“I believe we should fully repeal ObamaCare, and we have voted in the House to do so many times. The Senate has protected the harmful law at every turn. But now the President himself has made it clear that ObamaCare is not ready by delaying numerous parts of the law, including the employer mandate. Technological glitches, privacy concerns, and confusion have led Democratic friendly union bosses to call the law a ‘nightmare.’ One of the bills chief Democratic authors called its implementation a "train wreck." Now, even rank-and-file Democrats in the Senate are starting to acknowledge that a delay is reasonable and sensible.
“I spent August traveling across my district and talking with my constituents. Their priorities are clear: Congress needs to protect the public from the dangerous consequences of ObamaCare while keeping the United States government up and running. Yet again the House has acted to do just that. It is past time that President Obama and Senate Democrats put pride of authorship aside and agree to delay this law for all Americans. The question is this: Are Harry Reid and Senate Democrats so committed to forcing this unpopular law on Americans that they would be willing to shutdown the federal government instead of allowing a one year delay? I certainly hope that is not the case.”
Specifically, yesterday’s vote would:
·Delay all parts of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, for one year,
·Repeal the harmful medical device tax which is sending jobs overseas,
·Promise payment of military men and women in the event of a government shutdown, and
·Ensure government funding through December 15, 2013.
Saturday’s action follows House Republican's efforts last week to provide funding for government operations while completely defunding ObamaCare. The Senate struck the defunding language and returned the measure to the House on Friday.
In July, the Obama Administration announced it would delay until 2015 enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which requires businesses with 50 or more employees to offer healthcare coverage or face tax penalties. Rep. Roby has previously criticized the President’s decision to choose big business over hardworking Americans.
On Thursday, just minutes after President Obama declared that there were only a few “glitches” with the law, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a delay of the small-business exchanges. President Obama has also already signed 14 laws that would make changes or repeals to key portions of ObamaCare.