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House to Vote to Delay Individual Health-Care Mandate

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July 11 (Bloomberg) -- House Speaker John Boehner said the chamber will vote next week to delay the 2010 health-care law’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance.

At his weekly news conference today, the speaker said it’s not fair for President Barack Obama’s administration to keep that provision in effect while postponing enforcement of the requirement that businesses provide their workers with insurance.

“I believe it’s unfair to protect big business from Obamacare but not individuals and families,” Boehner said. He said the House will vote to delay the employer and individual mandates for a year.

The Republican-controlled House previously has voted 37 times to repeal or defund all or part of the Affordable Care Act, enacted with only Democratic votes. Republicans have sought to make the plan a symbol of government overreach.

The employer requirement is being delayed until 2015, the administration said last week.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kathleen Hunter in Washington at khunter9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net

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