McConnell predicts ObamaCare will be ‘premier issue’ in 2014 elections

This week in the House, Republicans have set up votes to delay two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The House will likely pass two bills. The first would formally authorize the delayed enforcement of the employer health insurance mandate, and the second would delay the individual health insurance mandate.

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“The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed, and they hope that the Congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens,” McConnell said.

McConnell’s comments and the upcoming GOP House votes were prompted by the administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate until 2015, which would have required employers with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance to their staffs.

“The President himself seems to not think parts of the law ought to be implemented,” McConnell said. “I mean, he is selectively delaying parts of it as if it's all just kind of a smorgasbord of options for him to figure out which ones to execute and which parts of the law not to.”

Republicans have said Obama doesn’t have the authority to pick and choose which parts of the law to follow, but the House bills aren’t expected to get votes in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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