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House May Vote Today to Delay Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC -- Speaker of the House John Boehner has scheduled a vote for today that attempts to delay the start of President Obama's healthcare law until 2015.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Speaker of the House John Boehner has scheduled a vote for today that attempts to delay the start of President Obama's healthcare law until 2015. This is just the latest attempt to either change, delay or repeal the law which is very unpopular with GOP lawmakers.   

The House will have another vote today on the Affordable Care Act more commonly known as Obamacare.

"They've voted 40 times to repeal it. What's happened 40 times? Of course it's failed," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Republicans want to delay the start of the law's employer and individual mandates which require smaller businesses and Americans to purchase insurance or face fines.
"This really is a train wreck," says Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Earlier this month, the White House announced plans to push the employer mandate to 2015 because businesses said they needed more time to comply.

And last week it was reported some union leaders sent a letter to the president saying they had "deep concerns" about that part of the law. They believe businesses will cut employee hours to less than 30 a week in order to avoid paying for health insurance.

"This is undermining the fundamentals of a 40-hour workweek in the United States," predicts Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)

While the White House is willing to push the employer mandate, it says the individual mandate must start as planned in order to make health insurance cheaper for everyone.

"It's unfair to protect big businesses without giving the same relief to the American families and small businesses," says Boehner (R-OH).

Democrats say rather than trying to get rid of the law, Republicans should work with them to fix any problems.

"They should just get real and understand this is a law that's important and they should work with us to improve it," Reid says.

Even if the bills pass the House today, they have little to no chance of passing the Senate.

Nine out of 10 businesses required to provide health insurance under the employer mandate already do so.


(Tara Mergener for CBS News)

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