Employee Benefits Compliance

House Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law, but Senate Passage Unlikely

On January 19, 2011, the House voted 245 – 189 to repeal the Health Care Reform Law enacted last March.  The two-page repeal resolution was approved by all 242 Republicans plus three Democrats and now moves to the Senate for consideration, where it is unlikely to be passed.  Democrat leaders in the Senate are firmly opposed to repeal, and the Democrats retain a 53-47 majority in the Senate (including two independents who caucus with them).

In other news on Health Care Reform, 26 states across the country have now joined in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Law, claiming that the Federal government has overstepped its legal and constitutional authority with the enactment of this law.  One of the primary arguments is that the federal government does not have the power under the Commerce Clause to require individuals to purchase health insurance.

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