The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on bills to delay the employer and individual mandates in President Obama's healthcare law. The votes are symbolic — neither bill has a chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate. But GOP leaders are trying to capitalize on the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate, arguing that the delay creates a double standard between businesses and individuals.
The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that delaying the individual mandate would reduce the deficit while increasing premiums. The budget office did not produce a cost estimate for codifying the delay in the employer mandate.
The White House also said Tuesday that President Obama would veto both bills if they reached his desk — not that there was any question about where he stood on the proposals.
Part-time jobs: White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday dismissed reports that some employers were hiring more part-time employees because of the president's signature healthcare law.
"The data reflects that there is not support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act," Carney told reporters.
The Hill has the story.
Today in transplant policy: The House's HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act (H.R. 698), which was scheduled for markup Tuesday night, could come to the floor before August recess, according to a GOP aide. The Senate passed a version of the bill by unanimous consent June 17. The legislation would permit medical research on transplants between HIV-positive patients, potentially creating a way forward for the procedures. It is sponsored by Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) in the House and Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (D-Calif.) and Tom CoburnTom CoburnFreedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC Coburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential MORE (R-Okla.) in the Senate.
States fight 'navigators': ObamaCare's "navigator" program is sparking fights across the country as insurance agents and Republican critics call it a consumer hazard. Eighteen states have enacted or considered legislation to limit the activities of navigators, including Missouri, which passed a law prohibiting the workers from providing "advice concerning the benefits, terms and features of a particular health plan." Opponents say these laws ban navigators' basic functions and will hurt consumers by limiting their access to impartial advice on health insurance.
Healthwatch breaks down the fights here.
Ill-prepared: Less than a third of small businesses say they’re prepared for the regulatory mandates under ObamaCare, a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found. The business lobby's quarterly survey of small firms found concerns over the law have increased by a double-digit margin over the last year, and by 4 percentage points since the first three months on 2013.
Seventy-one percent of the more than 1,300 small-business executives polled said they would be less likely to hire employees because of healthcare reform.
The Hill's RegWatch blog has the full story.
Not so 'wonderful': Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE's (D-Nev.) comment Sunday that ObamaCare has been "wonderful" for America is hitting a brick wall with the GOP. Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE-on-wonderful-obamacare-are-you-kidding-me" href="http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/311391-boehner-on-wonderful-obamacare-are-you-kidding-me">put his position bluntly on the House floor Tuesday.
"Are you kidding me?" Boehner said. "The law isn't wonderful. It's a train wreck, and you know it, I know it, and the American people know it."
Sen. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoPoll: Sanders most popular senator in the US The animal advocate Trump climate move risks unraveling Paris commitments MORE (R-Wyo.) also chided Reid in a floor speech, calling healthcare reform a "costly failure."
ObamaCare's data hub and information sharing will be the subject of a joint hearing of the House Oversight subcommittee on Healthcare and the Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.
The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate. J. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to the Treasury secretary, will testify.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the growth of health information technology.
Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchWeek ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's FDA pick Chaffetz's campaign arm registers 2028 websites The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Utah) will join with Reps. Jim MathesonJim MathesonWork begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity First black GOP woman in Congress wins reelection MORE (D-Utah) and Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyDemocrats, Republicans must work together to advance health care Lobbying World Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel MORE Jr. (R-La.) for a press conference on stopping ObamaCare's health insurance tax. Members of the Stop the HIT Coalition will participate.
The House Appropriations Committee will mark up its fiscal 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which would ban abortion coverage for the District of Columbia's Medicaid program.
The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human Resources will hold a hearing on federal anti-poverty efforts.
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