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House Debate on Healthcare Repeal Bill Begins

The GOP is planning a two-day debate on a bill to repeal the healthcare law beginning Tuesday January 18 and ending Wednesday January 19 with...
January 18, 2011

The GOP is planning a two-day debate on a bill to repeal the healthcare law beginning Tuesday January 18 and ending Wednesday January 19 with a vote that will most likely send the bill to the Senate, where it is unlikely to see the light of day. Then on Thursday January 20, Republicans are planning to bring up another bill that would instruct House committees to draft replacement bills.

Going forward, House Republicans may try to defund the implementation of the law, attempt to slow the implementation process by holding multiple hearings or try to repeal individual components of the law. One of the components that stands the greatest chance of repeal is the requirement that businesses file a 1099 form with the IRS for any transaction of $600 or more. PIA strongly supports repeal of the expanded 1099 reporting requirement.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is signaling a change in its approach. The Chamber said on January 11 it backs Republican efforts to derail the federal healthcare overhaul, but will use more low-key tactics than it used previously.

"Last year, while strongly advocating for healthcare reform, the Chamber was a leader in the fight against this particular bill, and thus we support legislation in the House to repeal it," said Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue. "We see the upcoming House vote, however, as an opportunity for everyone to take a fresh look at health care reform and to replace unworkable approaches with more efficient and effective measures that will lower costs, expand access, and improve quality." The softer, more targeted approach is a far cry from the millions of dollars the Chamber spent last year on lobbying and advertising to kill the bill.

Click here to read Health Reform Repeal Back on House Agenda (Politico 1/13/11)

Click here to read U.S. Chamber Signals Low-Key Approach (Politico 1/11/11)

Click here to read Bill to Repeal Expanded 1099 Provision Introduced in House (PIA 1/11/11)

January 18, 2011 

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