This week on Capitol Hill: Repeal vote number 40

The House of Representatives will consider a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from implementing the law. Specifically, it states that neither the Treasury secretary nor any designee of the Treasury secretary may implement any part of the Affordable Care Act.

USA Today: GOP Seizes On IRS Scandal To Press Agenda
The House of Representatives will vote on 10 bills this week all inspired by a single scandal: The Internal Revenue Service treatment of political groups seeking tax-exempt status. ... But the bills aren't exclusive to the IRS, and some are part of a long-standing GOP agenda to roll back the size of government. At the top of the list is a bill to partially repeal the 2009 health care law. The vote on the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act is the 40th attempt by House Republicans to repeal, change or defund the health care law. Another bill would require congressional approval of all new government regulations -- a proposal critics say would handcuff the government's ability to enforce health and safety laws (Korte, 7/28).

The Hill: Week Ahead: ObamaCare Repeal Vote No. 40 Looms In House
The House this week will vote for the 40th time to repeal part of ObamaCare. This time, it's a bill to prevent the IRS from implementing the law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), is short and simple: It states that neither the Treasury secretary nor any designee of the Treasury secretary may implement any part of the Affordable Care Act (Baker, 7/29).

In other news from Capitol Hill -

Politico: 3 Wrap Up Senate Careers, Guarding ACA Legacy
Three Democratic senators have spent years of their Capitol Hill careers trying to pass a health care law that would cover millions of uninsured Americans. But by the time that crowning achievement, now known as Obamacare, gets through its first year, all three will have left office. Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Max Baucus of Montana -; Senate committee chairmen who helped write the law and push it through the Senate -; are all retiring at the end of 2014. All are devoting at least a portion of their remaining time in office trying to protect the president's legacy legislation from political opponents -; and make the law work (Haberkorn, 7/28).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.



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