House Holds Symbolic Vote on Healthcare Repeal Bill

On Thursday, May 16, the House of Representatives held a largely symbolic vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  The bill (H.R.45), sponsored by Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), passed by a vote of 229 to 195 with only two Democrats, Representatives John Matheson (D-UT) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC), dissenting to vote for repeal with their Republican colleagues.  The Senate is not likely to take up a vote on the bill – if it does, the legislation will be struck down by the Democratic majority.

House Republicans made healthcare repeal a cornerstone of their party agenda in the 2010 and 2012 elections, and a similar vote took place at the start of the last Congress in January of 2011.  That bill was voted down shortly after House passage by a party-line vote in the Senate.

Agencies have already been taking steps towards implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and a full repeal of the Act is improbable given a Democrat controlled Senate and White House. As the 113th Congress looks to set its agenda for the remainder of the year, IEC members can expect piecemeal bills originating in the House that either reforms, repeals, or defunds specific provisions of the Act seen as especially problematic by Republicans.

IEC is committed to helping members comply with the 2010 health care law as it comes into effect. Please contact Alexis Moch for more information as she develops a guide to compliance for employers.