MASSDEVICE ON CALL — House Speaker John Boehner confirmed rumors that the House of Representatives will vote this week on a proposal to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate.
Republicans are pushing for a delay of the mandate, arguing that it’s unfair for the Obama administration to give businesses some breathing room for the employer-based insurance without affording the same break to citizens.
Rumors of the pending vote began circulating last week when a source told TheHill.com of the GOP’s plans to propose a new, delayed deadline for this critical part of the Affordable Care Act.
"Next week the House will vote to delay both the employer and individual mandate. It would be unfair to protect big business from ObamaCare but not individuals and families," said Boehner, according to TheHill.com.
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About the size of a deck of cards, can capture temperature, blood oxygen, heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oximetry and stress levels, all by holding it against the head for about 10 seconds.