OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Tea Party jeers Cantor's ObamaCare strategy

Democrats will almost certainly oppose the gambit as a bloc, and if leadership suffers more than 16 Republican defections, the plan could stumble out of the gate.

That outcome is made more likely by promises from three major conservative groups — FreedomWorks, Heritage Action and the Club for Growth — that they will punish lawmakers who support the plan in future elections. Americans for Tax Reform, led by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, was one exception Tuesday when it announced support for leadership's strategy. 

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"Over the summer, dozens of free market groups and over sixty Members of Congress went on record urging the House to send the Senate a [continuing resolution] that defunds ObamaCare," Americans for Tax Reform wrote in a blog post.

"The CR strategy unveiled this week does just that. The House will take a single vote on a CR that has language defunding the ObamaCare law. Furthermore, this CR forces the Senate to — for the first time — vote on ObamaCare defunding."

Read more about the fallout from Cantor's strategy pitch at Healthwatch.

On schedule: Contractors building key parts of the ObamaCare infrastructure say they're on track to have the work completed on schedule by Oct. 1. Companies working on the processes for enrollment, as well as the data hub that will coordinate among several state and federal agencies, told a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel that they will be able to fulfill their contracts on time. Democrats said it's a sign that Republicans have over-sold the potential for a rough rollout.

"This is the reality," Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said.

SeaWorld caps hours: SeaWorld is capping its part-time workers' hours, perhaps to avoid providing them with health insurance, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should visit Florida and the affected employees.

“It is my sincere hope that meeting with these men and women will help give you a better picture of what is truly happening in communities across America, as well as why my colleagues and I remain committed to defunding ObamaCare before it inflicts additional damage on hard-working Americans,” he said in a statement."

The company did not directly attribute its decision to ObamaCare, but its move comes on the heels of several large employers cutting or threatening to cut workers' hours to avoid providing healthcare benefits.

Healthwatch has more.

Labor gripes mount: A top labor official is pushing the AFL-CIO to ratchet up its criticism of ObamaCare at its annual convention. Terry O'Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, on Tuesday said a draft resolution that bashes the healthcare law doesn’t go far enough.

The Hill's Kevin Bogardus has the full story from Los Angeles.

GOP not on board: Congressional Republicans continued to criticize the administration over even the possibility that it would grant unions' wishes for healthcare.

“We will do whatever is within our power to ensure that the Administration does not once again provide a special exemption to unions at the expense of American taxpayers,” Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said in a letter Tuesday questioning whether such a change would be legal.

The letter is available here.


Wednesday's schedule

The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity will hold a hearing on ObamaCare's data hub.


State by state

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Texas outbreaks make a case for vaccinations

Study: Newly eligible Medicaid enrollees healthier than current beneficiaries [free registration required]


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