The U.S. Senate on Monday rejected a House bill that would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for a year.
The delay of Obamacare was included in a spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown tomorrow, which is also when Obamacare exchanges go into effect.
The House voted earlier this month to defund Obamacare as part of the bill to prevent a shutdown, but the Democrat-controlled Senate last week rejected this, voting to fund the act.
Twenty-five Republican Senators joined with their Democratic colleagues in voting to fund Obamacare.
After the Senate rejected the defunding of Obamacare, the House then voted to delay the act’s implementation. The Senate’s rejection of this means that a government shutdown is almost certain, making it the first time this would happen in 17 years.
Pres. Obama has said that he is not open to negotiation over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“I will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future,” Obama said on Saturday. “But I will not negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I don’t know how to be more clear about this: no one gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America just to extract ideological concessions.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., one of the leading voices opposing Obamacare, criticized the president for this stance.
“I have said all along it is not a good idea to shut down government, I have been saying that for months but also think that it is not a good idea to give the president 100 percent of what he wants on ObamaCare without compromise,” Paul told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “We have been offering him compromises, many on his side say there are problems, the Teamsters say there is a problem, Warren Buffett says there are problems, even former President Bill Clinton says there are problems with ObamaCare, why won’t the president negotiate and come to a compromise on trying to make ObamaCare less bad?”
Widespread opposition to Obamacare has developed based on rising premium prices and lost working hours due to the mandate that requires employers with more than 50 employees who work for at least 30 hours a week provide their workers with health insurance.
A recent survey by Coupa Software of 200 health care professionals found that many working in the industry believe that Obamacare will have a negative effect.
The survey found, according to a report from the Washington Examiner:
— 53 percent, “Quality of health insurance policies will suffer.”
— 51 percent, “Quality of care will go down.”
— 49 percent, “The law is overly complicated.”
— 42 percent, “Insurance exchanges will be poorly managed.”
— 37 percent, “The law still allows insurance companies to be the middleman.”
— 32 percent, “Too complex for businesses.”
— 19 percent, “Americans will die earlier.”