U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was one of just 27 Democrats who sided with House Republicans today to pass “a bill to delay tax penalties for failing to buy health insurance this year under ObamaCare.”

According to this article in The Hill, “The vote, which reflects growing Republican frustration with President Obama‘s selective implementation of the law, again shows some level of Democratic support for a legislative change to the law. Several House bills aimed at making the health law more transparent have also received support from a few dozen Democrats.”

The vote was 250-160, heavily along party lines. 

“People continue to face difficulties signing up for new health plans, and the security of their personal information online is still in question,” Gabbard said in a press release. “Those who have been unable to sign up for their health plan due to circumstances outside their control should not be unfairly punished with a penalty. Large corporations are already getting special treatment and delays; it’s only fair that hard-working individuals are treated the same.”

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted against the measure, which now goes to the Senate.

“This marks the House GOP’s 50th vote to weaken, undermine, or repeal the Affordable Care Act, and we just voted on a bill identical to this one back in July,” Hanabusa said in a press release. “This is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars and I encourage my Republican colleagues to work with Democrats to improve, rather than destroy, this historic health care law.”


Photo: The U.S. Capitol. (Ron Cogswell)

—Chad Blair

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