House Speaker John Boehner promised Tuesday to hold yet another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act following the Obama administration’s announcement to delay the law’s employer mandate.
“I think what the president did was outrageous, the idea that we’re going to give big businesses a break under Obamacare but we’re going to punish small businesses and families is wrong,” Boehner said. “We’ll have another vote – count on it.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor echoed those talking points, suggesting the move unfairly imposes the law on the average citizens while letting big businesses off the hook.
“I never thought I’d see the day when the White House, the president came down on the side of big business but left the American people out in the cold as far as his health care mandate is concerned,” said Cantor.
No word yet on the timing of the new vote, which would likely fall flat in the Democratic-controlled Senate and with the president. So far, the House has already voted 37 times – without success – to repeal or replace part or all of Obama’s signature health care law.
A House Republican aide told NBC News, “The president has delayed Obamacare’s mandate on businesses for a year, and there is a lot of enthusiasm among House Republicans for voting to give individuals and families the same protection from this awful law.”
Last week, the Obama administration said it would give employers more time to comply with a key provision of law. Now, companies have until 2015 to start submitting reports on their insurance coverage plans on offer for employees.