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House Adds Yearlong Obamacare Delay, Repeal of Medical Device Tax to CR

Lower chamber sends the budget resolution back to Senate along with bill to guarantee that military will get paid during shutdown.

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Bridget Johnson

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September 28, 2013 - 9:37 pm
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WASHINGTON — The House answered the Senate’s stripped-down version of their continuing resolution with amendments that delayed the implementation of Obamacare for a year and permanently repealed the medical device tax.

The revamped bill also included language targeting the contraceptive coverage mandate, allowing companies to opt out of the controversial coverage for moral or religious reasons. Republicans also shifted the Nov. 15 expiration set by Senate Democrats in the CR back to Dec. 15.

The White House issued a veto threat before the nighttime debate even began on the House floor.

“The Senate acted in a responsible manner on a short-term funding measure to maintain Government functions and avoid a damaging Government shutdown. Rather than taking up that legislation, the House proposes amendments that advance a narrow ideological agenda and threaten the Nation’s economy. By including extraneous measures that have no place in a government funding bill and that the President and Senate already made clear are unacceptable, House Republicans are pushing the Government toward shutdown,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said “Congress has two jobs to do: pass budgets and pay the bills it has racked up.”

“Republicans in Congress had the opportunity to pass a routine, simple continuing resolution that keeps the government running for a few more weeks. But instead, Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law,” Carney continued. ”Republicans have tried and failed to defund or delay the health care law more than 40 times, and they know this demand is reckless and irresponsible. The President has shown that he is willing to improve the health care law and meet Republicans more than halfway to deal with our fiscal challenges, but he will not do so under threats of a government shutdown that will hurt our economy.”

President Obama went golfing for four hours at Fort Belvoir today.

“The American people don’t want a government shutdown and they don’t want ObamaCare,” House GOP leaders said in a joint statement before the vote. “We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.”

Offering the medical device tax repeal put some Democrats in a tough spot as many are on the record as supporting the idea.

A bill introduced in February by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to repeal the excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers includes Democratic co-sponsors Bob Casey (Pa.), Al Franken (Minn.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.).

A Democratic bill in the House this year tied the repeal of the medical device tax to eliminating tax credits for oil companies. Yet a whopping 263 members, including Dems such as Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), signed on as co-sponsors to a clean bill from Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) for straight repeal.

Today’s amendment passed 248-174, with 17 Democrats crossing over to vote with Republicans.

The second amendment, delaying Obamacare’s implementation for a year, passed 231-192 with two Democrats crossing party lines as well as two Republicans.

Republicans Mike Coffman (Colo.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) offered a bill to continue pay to 1.4 million military members regardless of a government shutdown.

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I wonder if we could ask the British to come back and burn Washington to the ground again?
42 weeks ago
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I agree with TexEd. If the Democrats are smart they will take this deal. The GOP will get the temporary satisfaction of delaying Obamacare by a year but the Democrats will get a reprieve to give them time to do a more efficient rollout a year later and also to delay and thus obscure the terrible consequences of Obamacare until after the 2014 elections.

By agreeing to delay the Democrats up for re-election in 2014 can evade responsibility for Obamacare for another cycle. The only good side of this for the GOP is the hope that a clean sweep in 2014 will allow them to scrap the whole thing. But that is an unlikely prospect.
42 weeks ago
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DAMN FOOLS! The fix is in! Obama wants a delay! Obama needs a delay!
ObamaCare isn't ready and if launched now, even with the captive press, will fail of it's own weight.
The ever stupid republicans will give Obama the victory of appearing reasonable by giving away a point he desperately needs and giving nothing in return.
Watch the details! Obama will agree to a delay but only one that provides a resolution or new crisis AFTER the 11/14 elections.
The Republicans and the Russians will have pulled Obama's bacon (or whatever muslims eat) out of the fire, almost, in the same month.
42 weeks ago
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42 weeks ago
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So, any bets on how long the Republicans will hold out before rolling over? I'm going with 24 hours.
42 weeks ago
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Hmmm, a "year long" delay? I don't see how this helps the cause of sqaushing obamacare. It's a dying cockroach right now, flailing on its back. Now is the time to stomp on it. A "perfectly executed" obamacare is economic and societal suicide for us. Why give them a year to perfect something that is going to destroy what's left of this country? Stand up now, and fight PLEASE.
42 weeks ago
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I should add too, that this only builds upon my suspicion that Boehner and company really want this thing to happen as bad as Obama does. The republicans are just as liberal; only much more patient....
42 weeks ago
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Repeal of the medical devices... ?

WHAT ELSE in that PPACA that needs to be discussed and then acted upon for repeal? In those 2000 plus pages?

How about everything in those 2000 plus pages. Passed under the "whip" of the then Speaker of the House N. Pelosi because "We have to pass it to know what's in it".

As is habitual in assessment of important material that SHALL affect masses of individuals far into the future. Including degree courses in for example law or doctoral theses in institutions of "higher learning" as Harvard et al.

2000 pages of WHAT? Legal twaddle?

How long did it take for the enactment of the Bill as law to be imposed on ALL Americans. EXCEPT we now learn the "honourables" of Congress and any groups favoured by them to be exempted from its provisions.

How many of We The People read 2000 pages of ANYTHING? For our jobs or for pleasure.

So should we believe those Congressmen talking up repeal of the medical devices clauses KNOW WHAT ELSE is in those 2000 plus pages. More than 60 times as many pages as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the US with explanatory commentary put together?

What was the rush of the Democrats of the Kennedy/Clinton/Obama wing of the Party to get this bill enacted as law? Just suppose, they are after all lawyers. as are Pelosi and H. Reid they know that a law on the books is virtually immortal. Once on never off. (like so many of the "Honourables" in Congress as N. Pelosi and H. Reid. Once in never out?)

The wheels of the Law grind slowly. So WHY was this PPACA so quickly rushed through the House to the Senate??? And then to SCOTUS?

A law on the books stays on the books. UNLESS there is EFFECTIVE resistance to its existence.

So instead of grandstanding with some single clauses why not be really brave? Have the guts to start effective notice to REPEAL the entire 2000 pllus pages. No "fiddling" around with single clauses.

There has been more discussioin more debate about single clauses of that Bill than the entire debate before enactment as law.

I rest my case. Res ipsa loguitur?
42 weeks ago
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Remember, Porkulus still baselined into the CR's.
42 weeks ago
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Note to Carney, the Senate hasnt passed a Budget for 4 years now. Harry Reid hasnt been doing his job.
42 weeks ago
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The House has put together a good set of changes, a few Dems might want to hold their noses and vote for it. Obama is losing the PR battle, he is the intransigent perpetual teenager who can't bear talking to people with different points of view. The IRS just can't harrass enough people into remaining silent anymore.

If you believe in Obamacare, take the delay, shore up the glaring administrative "glitches" and have a smoother rollout a year from now.
42 weeks ago
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I suppose it would be futile to instruct Sen Reid in the small but significant fact that "the law of the land" can of course be repealed. Perhaps someone can remind him that else slavery would still be legal ...
42 weeks ago
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"Tea Party obstructionists..."

You know what the communist thugs in the Soviet Union called anyone who was less than gung-ho for his own destruction? A WRECKER. Wrecker; obstructionist: same difference.
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