Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The House on Sunday voted 231-192 to pass a continuing resolution (CR) good until Dec. 15 but delaying Obamacare for a year bringing the government closer to a shutdown as the Senate said it will reject the bill.
The vote delays for one year the individual coverage mandate and the insurance exchanges under the Affordable Health Care Act. The House also voted 248-174 to eliminate a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices under the same law.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the delay and elimination of the tax protect Americans against the harmful effects of Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate will vote to set aside the amendments on Monday, the deadline for passing a CR for the next fiscal year starting on Tuesday. From the Senate, the bill without the amendments to Obamacare goes back to the House leaving Republicans the choice of either approving it and averting a government shutdown or rejecting it and not funding the government.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) from the House Oversight Committee said in a statement early Sunday that Republicans voted to shut down the government. He accused Republicans of trying to deny Americans health insurance and letting insurers decide the kind of care they will give to the people.
As a contingency, the House prepared a separate bill providing payment for military personnel in the event of a shutdown.
The House-passed bill came just three days after the Senate rejected the lower chamber’s CR bill that includes defunding Obamacare. The Senate stripped the defunding provision from the bill and sent it back to the House.