House bill would de­fund Affordable Care Act

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

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).

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