WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner boasted Friday that President Obama signed another bill repealing a portion of Obamacare.
Obama has now signed at least 10 House bills that “that dismantle, defund, and repeal parts of his health care law,” Boehner spokesman Cory Fritz wrote Friday.
Republicans claims that the most recent bill, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE Act), would “protect small business workers from higher costs and coverage disruptions under ObamaCare.” The bill passed both chambers Saturday without a single no vote. The PACE Act allows states to decide how to classify businesses with 51 to 100 employees.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 by House and Senate Democrats, Obama has signed 14 bills into law that tweaked the original bill. However, what Democrats call reforming or fixing the law, Republicans call “dismantling” or “defunding.”
“I think here the White House certainly doesn’t want to announce with big fanfare that the Republican Congress has led on making changes on the president’s health law,” Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute told USA Today. “And the Republicans don’t want to say that they’re fixing it, because they want to repeal it entirely.”
Other laws that Republicans say dismantle or defund Obamacare include:
- H.R. 4 — Repealed the small business paperwork
- H.R. 2055 — Made more cuts to CO-OPs, IPAB, IRS
- H.R. 8 — Repealed the CLASS program