House votes to delay individual mandate

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to delay the reform law's individual mandate for an additional year, FierceHealthcare reported. The House, led by Republican lawmakers, also voted to codify the Obama administration's recent and shocking decision to delay for a year the mandate for larger employers to offer health coverage. However, the bills are unlikely to be finalized, even if they make it through the Democratic-led Senate because President Barack Obama has threatened to veto them. Meanwhile, Obama attempted to direct the message surrounding his reform law, drawing it away from Republicans' attempt to capitalize on the employer mandate delay as yet another problem with the health overhaul. During a speech at the White House, Obama highlighted the $500 million in rebate checks that insurers are sending to more than 8 million consumers as a result of the legislation's medical-loss ratio requirement. --Read the full FierceHealthcare article