The U.S. House voted this week to delay key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. While the vote was mostly along party lines, more than two dozen Democrats joined Republican opposition, including Congressman Bill Enyart of Belleville. Local Congressmen Rodney Davis of Taylorville and John Shimkus of Collinsville also voted to delay the individual mandate as well as that of businesses.
The delay gives the Obama administration a year to fix some of the problems that have delayed implementation of the law that was signed three years ago. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney insisted that critics are not painting an accurate picture of what they call Obamacare. In earlier remarks, President Obama accused Republicans of continually trying to refight old battles over the healthcare law, which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. He said the law is already cutting costs for more than eight-million American families in the form of rebates. The votes this week marked the 38th time since January 2011 Republicans have voted to either roll back or delay the healthcare law from taking effect.