GOP Seeks Health Care Delay
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A one-year delay in key parts of the nation’s health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices has been imposed by the Republican controlled House.
For the Obamacare delay, the House voted 232-192 while the medical device tax repeal tallied in at 248-174.
President Barack Obama vowed that he will veto any House GOP funding bill that would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The released statement from the White House confirmed the statements of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday, saying any House GOP proposal that would delay the health care law from kicking in would be rejected his chamber.
According to CBS News, the Senate is not scheduled to meet until mid-afternoon on Monday, which is roughly 10 hours before a shutdown would begin and some Republicans said privately they feared that Reid held the advantage in the fast-approaching end game.
Routine funding for government agencies through Dec. 15 is backed under the legislation that House Republicans support. Also, a measure to assure U.S. troops are paid in the event the government does shut down passed 423-0.
If the deadline is missed, a wide range of programs would be affected by the shutdown from the Pentagon to the national parks.
Critical services like inspecting meat, patrolling the borders and air traffic will continue. The Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals. Also, social security benefits would continue.
A shutdown will take effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. if no comprise can be found.
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