Peterson votes to delay key Affordable Care Act mandates
July 18, 2013 — 10:12am
Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson joined House Republicans on Wednesday in passing a bill that would delay the Affordable Care Act's provision requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.
Peterson was among 35 House Democrats who voted for a bill that would delay for one year the health care reform law's provision requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced that another key part of the law, the section that mandates employers with 50 or more people provide health insurance to their employees, would have a one-year delay until 2015. Peterson also sided with Republicans on a vote bill that would make the employer mandate announcement a law.
Republican U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen supported both bills. Democratic U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan and Tim Walz voted against the legislation.
Both bills were sent to the Democrat-led Senate, where it's unlikely they will be taken up for debate. The White House has vowed to veto the bills.
Peterson did not vote for the Affordable Care Act when Congress passed the law in 2010, but has voted against Republican-led repeal efforts.
The GOP-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Obama's healthcare law if they decline to enroll this year. The bill passed with support from 27 Democrats, including Minnesota congressmen Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson.