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White House: GOP Bill ‘Reckless,’ ‘Irresponsible’

The White House says a House Republican bill that would delay a major provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law is reckless and irresponsible.

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama spokesman Jay Carney also says any Republican who votes for the bill is “voting for a shutdown.” He notes that House Republicans have tried and failed to delay or eliminate the law’s funding more than 40 times.

The House is expected to vote on the bill Saturday night.

The bill would delay for one year the requirement for nearly all uninsured people to buy health insurance or face penalties. It also would repeal a tax on medical devices.

Obama has said he will not delay his signature legislative achievement. The White House also has expressed opposition to repealing the medical devices tax.

Reid: Obamacare plan won’t fly

Senator Harry Reid (D) says his chamber will reject the bill.Reid issued a statement Saturday saying House passage of those items will be pointless.

The GOP-run House is expected to act later in the day.

House Republicans plan to attach the proposals to a bill preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats have said before that they will reject changes to the health law, and Obama has said he would veto them if they ever reached his desk.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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