A government shutdown starting the beginning of October, Tuesday, became more likely after a vote taken by Congress on Sunday, reports USA Today, and the health care law is one of the issues being debated. Republicans voted for a stopgap spending measure, which would delay President Obama’s health care law for a year.
In a joint statement, GOP leaders said, “We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.” After much debate, the House decided to send the bill to the Senate.
The House’s vote was 231-192 for the stopgap measure. Despite passing in the House, the measures that affect the Affordable Care Act are probably not going to pass in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) has stated he is not going to support any bill if it reaches the Senate. President Obama has also stated that he would veto the bill if it passed both Houses.
In addition to the stopgap measure, the House also voted to extend the funding resolution from November 15 until December 15. Also included was a “conscience clause” that would delay the requirement for health insurance companies to provide contraceptive to women.
Republicans are more confident that their efforts this time will work better than when they first tried to stop the health care law. Despite their efforts though, the Republicans would need 14 Democrat Senators to side with them notes USA Today. There is nothing that indicates that would happen. Additionally, there is still the veto power that President Obama has indicated he would use. Thus, despite these efforts it looks like it would be very difficult to delay Obamacare at this point.