House Passes Bill to Delay Both Individual, Employer ACA Mandates

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House members voted July 17 in favor of legislation to delay the employer health insurance mandate and the similar individual mandate to have insurance required under President Obama's health care reform law.
The bill (H.R. 2667) to put off tax penalties for a year on employers who do not provide adequate insurance passed 264-161, and a related measure (H.R. 2668) to provide a one-year reprieve on tax penalties for individuals who do not secure their own coverage passed 251-174.
The White House has already announced it would delay the requirement for employers until January 2015 because of the complexity of the regulations involved. House Republicans voted to codify that delay and maintain the same timeline for the individual mandate; a separate track for businesses and individuals would be unfair, they have said.

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