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House to debate bills to repeal mandates in Affordable Care Act


The House of Representatives will take up two bills Wednesday afternoon that would delay key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The House will meet at 12 p.m. ET to take up the "Authority for Mandate Delay Act" and the "Fairness for American Families Act."

The bills would delay the start of the law's separate employer and individual mandates, and the penalties that come with not having coverage, until 2015.

Two weeks ago, the Treasury Department announced that the employer mandate would be delayed until 2015. The mandate requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance or pay a fine.

Right now, the Obama administration has said that announcement will not affect the individual mandate, which is still scheduled to take effect in 2014.

House Republicans have said it's unfair to force individuals to pay penalties if they don't have health insurance next year but let businesses wait until 2015 to face penalties.

Even if the Republican-controlled House passes the bills Wednesday, it's unlikely that the Democratic-controlled Senate would do so.

And the White House has said the president would veto both bills if they made it to his desk.

The bills mark at least the 38th time the House has attempted to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act since it was signed into law in March 2010.

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