(WASHINGTON) — With the support of 12 Democrats, the House passed a bill Friday that would delay the individual mandate for five years.
The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act passed the House with a vote of 238 to 181. Twelve Democrats joined all Republicans in voting for the bill.
The Democrats included Reps. Ron Barber, D-Ariz.; John Barrow, D-Ga.; Ami Bera, D-Calif.; Joe Garcia, D-Fla.; Jim Matheson, D-Utah; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.; Scott Peters, D-Calif.; Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.; Brad Schneider, D-Ill.; and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.
The measure was initially developed to reform the payment system for doctors who provide services under Medicare — also known as the “doc fix” — which normally gains bipartisan support in Congress. But Republicans later tacked on a five-year delay of Obamacare, which was a deal breaker for Democrats.
The bill is dead on arrival in the Senate.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist