President Obama is threatening to veto Republican bills that would delay the healthcare reform law’s employer and individual mandates.
Obama declared the employer bill “unnecessary” — the administration announced the same delay on July 2 — and said the individual bill is harmful to consumers in a Statement of Administration Policy issued Tuesday.
The measures will see House votes on Wednesday, but are unlikely to pass the Senate.
The White House mounted a general defense of the Affordable Care Act in its statement, arguing the law will improve healthcare for millions of Americans.
“The [GOP] bills, taken together, would cost millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage and care they deserve,” the veto threat stated.
Does President Obama have a second-term strategy?
A year ago President Barack Obama jammed a prediction into his stump speech that evoked his 2008 hope-and-change message — a vow that a victory in 2012 would break the partisan “fever” in Washington.
But behind closed doors, people close to the president tell POLITICO, Obama never quite bought his own rhetoric and was quietly planning for precisely the opposite scenario, perpetual gridlock, during West Wing strategy sessions in the weeks before and after beating Mitt Romney.
Those clashing visions of the second term — the president’s public optimism, shadowed by his dour, private realism — have made the opening act of Obama II something of a muddle, with critics and allies alike wondering if the president has a coherent strategy for retaining influence during what promises to be 3½ maddening years of divided, even schizophrenic, government.