On July 17, 2013, the U. S. House of Representatives (the “House”) voted on two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”): the employer and individual mandates. The House voted 264-161 on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, to delay the employer mandate for a year. Additionally, the House voted 251-174 on H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act, to delay the individual mandate also for a year. Even if the bills are passed by the Senate, they are likely to be vetoed by President Obama.
As we reported earlier, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the Administration’s intention to delay the employer mandate on July 2, 2013.