UPDATE 5:30 PM
Democrats voted down the Republican motion to recommit that would have repealed the individual mandate on Obamacare, but 21 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans in favor of the repeal.
You can check out the vote HERE.
UPDATE 5:10 PM
“The American people have been speaking out in opposition to the Democrats’ health bill which forces them to choose between paying a new tax or purchasing health insurance that they may not want or be able to afford," said Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), top Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee. "With each day that goes by, more bad news about this health care bill comes to light. Just yesterday, the Obama Administration estimated that as many as two out of three Americans would no longer be able to keep the health coverage they currently have. The recently enacted health care law is bad for workers, bad for employers and bad for America. Congress should listen to the American people and repeal and replace this law with common sense reforms that will actually lower health care costs and let Americans keep the plan they have and like.”
Background: The Republican Motion to Recommit will repeal the individual mandate.
• The federal government has never required its citizens to purchase a particular product before, and doing so with health insurance violates basic principles of freedom and individual choice. (Note, in fact, that the underlying bill exempts illegal immigrants from both the mandate and the new taxes for not having government-approved coverage.)
• Twenty states and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed a lawsuit arguing that the mandate is unconstitutional.
• The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that in 2016, the individual mandate tax penalty will fall hardest on middle- and low-income Americans – over 75% of Americans who pay this tax will have household incomes below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (roughly $73,000 for a married couple with no children).
• As the Democrats’ health care law increases health premiums (up to 13% higher, on average, for families without insurance from their employers, according to CBO), it will become more and more unaffordable for American families to comply with the mandate.
• Repealing the mandate may reduce the need to hire thousands of additional IRS employees – possibly as many as 16,500 – to enforce the new health care law.
• According to CBO, repealing the individual mandate reduces the deficit by $252 billion, because if individuals are not forced to buy insurance, they also will not be forced to accept taxpayer-funded subsidies to help them afford that insurance.
House Republicans have just announced they plan to force a vote as early as today on a measure to repeal the Obamacare "individual mandate" at the heart of the constitutional challenges in lawsuits nationwide.
House Ways & Means Committee ranking Republican Dave Camp’s (R-Mich.) repeal proposal will be offered as the Republican motion-to-recommit on H.R. 5486 the Democrats’ Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010. The vote could take place in the House as soon as today.
The Camp idea has been posted on the America Speaking Out website where you can read about Camp’s proposal, vote on it and share other ideas with Republican legislators.
The Camp proposal is what Republcians say is their first step in an effort to repeal the unconstitutional Obamacare law — that includes an individual mandate to buy a government-approved insurance product — and replace it with common sense, step-by-step reforms that will lower healthcare costs.