January 12, 2015
House Votes on Legislation Targeting the Affordable Care Act
On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation targeting
the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 30, the Save American
Workers Act, would waive fees on businesses that do not offer health insurance
to employees working fewer than 40 hours per week. The legislation received
bipartisan support, although the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
said that the bill would increase the deficit by about $46 billion.
H.R. 30 passed the House by a vote of 252-172. The Senate is expected to
next vote on the legislation, and if it passes, it will head to President
Obama. President Obama has threatened to veto the legislation.
Both chambers of Congress are expected to vote on several bills that target
the Affordable Care Act, including full repeal of the legislation as well as
bills targeting controversial elements such as the medical device tax and the
individual mandate. Earlier in the week, legislation amending the Affordable
Care Act to encourage businesses to hire more Veterans passed unanimously in the
Find how your Representative voted on H.R. 30 here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll014.xml
You can find more information about this legislation here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/30?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+30%22%5D%7D
ASA will continue to monitor for Congressional actions impacting the
Affordable Care Act and our health care system.