Four Democrats on Friday helped Republicans pass a House bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the new health care law. The “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act” passed with 232-185 votes.
The Democrats who voted for the measure are Reps. John Barrow of Georgia, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
Republicans have voted 40 times now to repeal Obamacare, and they have been trying for the last several weeks to defund Obamacare.
The IRS has been tasked to enforce the law, which requires every American to have health care coverage. The Obama administration chose to unilaterally delay the law’s employer requirements for a year, which has angered Republicans, who are calling for individuals to be spared as well.
Congressional Republicans have threatened not to vote for a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30, which would force agencies to shut down, if the measure allots any funding to implement the law.
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said President Barack Obama and Democrats “rammed” the law through Congress and have been “relying on a shaky coalition of Democrats to keep this unworkable law in place.”
“We will continue to have votes in the House that chip away at the legislative coalition the president and his allies have relied upon to keep this train wreck of a law on the books,” he said.
Laura is a U.S. politics reporter for the International Business Times. She was always fascinated by the BBC World News each morning on the radio in Jamaica. That, and a love...