Friday, March 14, 2014
(Washington, DC) -- The Republican-run House is advancing a bill delaying the individual mandate in the healthcare law for several years. It has little chance of being taken up in the Democratic-led Senate. The House bill aims to resolve a longstanding problem of Medicare reimbursements to doctors but it would be paid for by delaying the individual mandate. Democrats called that a "poison pill." House Republicans have passed more than 50 bills to repeal or hinder the healthcare law. The individual mandate is the heart of the Affordable Care Act. It requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or face monetary penalties.