House Rejects Health Law Fix

The bill, which was surprisingly defeated, would have exempted expatriates' insurance plans from the health law.

Politico: House Rejects Expatriate Obamacare Bill
The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan bill that would have changed how expatriates and their insurance carriers comply with Obamacare, amid strong opposition from senior Democrats who said it created large loopholes in the health law. The bill, H.R. 4414, fell 257-159. Republican leaders brought the bill to the floor under suspension of the rules, a procedure that requires support from two-thirds of members voting. It’s usually used for noncontroversial legislation, but opposition to this bill mounted all day, leading to its surprise defeat (Haberkorn, 4/9).

The Hill: Bipartisan ObamaCare Fix Fails In House
The House on Wednesday rejected bipartisan legislation to exempt expatriates' insurance plans from the 2010 health care law. The House voted 257-159 in favor of the bill, a clear majority. But Republicans called it up under a suspension of House rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote (Marcos, 4/9).

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