House bill would defund Affordable Care Act
The House of Representatives voted to block funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in four amendments to a fiscal 2011 spending bill. Two measures, sponsored by Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would prohibit funds from being used to implement any provision of the Affordable Care Act. Another from King would bar funding from paying the salaries of federal employees working to carry out the law. The fourth, introduced by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), would prohibit funding from being used to enforce the law’s mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance. Asked what he would tell the nation’s healthcare providers who are working to adjust to the sweeping law’s provisions, King told
Modern Healthcare: “I think they should consider this Congress has spoken and we’re not going to appropriate any money for Obamacare.” He also added that there will be a day when the law is “stricken from the books completely.” In remarks on the House floor House floor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) relayed the stories of Americans who have benefited from the law and called the amendments “another example of our friends standing up for the insurance companies at the expense of the American people.” A final vote was expected late Friday on the continuing resolution to fund the government from March 5 through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30 (See story, p. 8).