House lawmakers have voted again to scale back President Barack Obama's signature health care law, as Obama prepares to highlight its benefits in a speech. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you feel like you've seen this show before, you're probably right.
On Wednesday, the House voted for the 38th and 39th time to scale back or repeal Obamacare.
The latest bills would delay the implementation of the individual mandate for one year, as well as the requirement that large employers offer health insurance.
The president has already decided to do the latter, a point Republicans have seized on to argue that the law is a mess and should be delayed for all.
"Why did you make the decision that Warren Buffett gets relief from Obamacare, but Joe Six Pack doesn't?" said Texas Rep. Kevin Brady.
That question was raised at a House subcommittee hearing, examining why the Obama administration decided to delay the requirement that businesses provide health insurance.
A Treasury Department official said the decision was made sometime in June, in response to concerns raised by businesses. He argued that the rest of the law is being implemented as planned.
"It's the average workers who are the driving motivation for this very critical health care reform," said J. Mark Iwry of the Treasury Department.
Like most hearings on the Affordable Care Act, this one offered Republicans another chance to vent their anger and gave Democrats the opportunity to argue the GOP opposes health care reform because Obama championed it.
"If the president actually walked on water, I'm certain that the Speaker's group would be saying that the president can't swim," said Rep. Charles Rangel.
The bills passed by the House likely don't stand a chance in the Senate, and even if they did, Obama has vowed to veto them.
That said, the president is aware he needs to do a better job selling the law, which is why plans to speak about the benefits of it during a White House event on Thursday.