Republicans call for Senate passage of ObamaCare delay

Republicans doubled down on their attacks of President Obama’s healthcare law on Saturday, claiming it has contributed to layoffs, unnecessary insurance restrictions and high costs to the American people. 

With concerns of a government shutdown looming over the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) called on Obama and Democrats in the Senate to further delay instating the law, saying that it would be irresponsible to move forward.

“It’s time for your Senate to pass, and for you to sign, the House’s bipartisan delay of the individual mandate,” said Capito in the GOP weekly address.

“Let’s delay this healthcare law not just for some, but for all Americans. That would only be fair. That would be government working the way it’s supposed to.”

Obama has moved to delay implementing two provisions in the law — a requirement for big and medium-sized businesses to give full-time employees coverage, and a cap on how much people can be charged by insurers for out-of-pocket expenses.

Capito said the delays were further signs that ObamaCare was not a sound law. House Republicans have voted 40 times to repeal it, with a particular focus on the individual mandate.

“The president claims this law is ‘working the way it’s supposed to,’ but clearly it’s not," she said. “Not when the administration is missing deadlines, issuing waivers, and granting delays hand over fist.”

The law has also spurred threats by some Republicans to shut down the government by not approving a continuing resolution that funds federal operations, including provisions in the healthcare law.

Not all Republicans are on board with this strategy, however, and some argue that the GOP could walk into a trap and be blamed for a wide gamut of problems related to a shutdown, which would not be supported by many voters.

GOP leaders have not weighed in significantly about whether they would cut funding for ObamaCare as part of a continuing resolution to keep the government operating. Without a new government funding bill, a shutdown would occur Oct. 1.

Capito argued that by granting delays to big and medium-sized businesses as well as insurers, Obama was picking favorites at the expense of the American people. The individual mandate should be delayed or scraped altogether, she said.

“Last month, members of both parties came together in the House to pass legislation delaying the individual mandate in the president’s healthcare law,” she said.

“Because you and your family deserve the same relief the president gave to big businesses by delaying the employer mandate — it’s only fair.”

Four Democrats voted for the latest repeal of the law: Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), and Collin Peterson (Minn.).