The White House late Tuesday said President Obama would veto a House bill that would delay for a year the individual mandate in the president's health care law.
The House Rules Committee was set to debate the measure at a 5 p.m. meeting, setting it up for a floor vote as early as Wednesday. The bill isn't likely to pass the Senate, however, since Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., usually keeps from the floor anything the White House opposes.
"The individual shared responsibility provision is essential to ensuring that the 129 million Americans with pre existing conditions can get coverage without being charged more or losing coverage when they get sick," the White House said in a statement of administration policy.
"Repealing this part of the law would also result in higher premiums for those who remain insured, fewer premium tax credits for middle income families, and increased cost shifting of uncompensated care to health care providers, workers, and businesses."
Ok, so it's fine when Obama unilaterally rewrites the law by executive order to solve political problems, including exempting unions that support the Democratic Party from a tax under the law and forcing others to make up the shortfall. But when the Republican-controlled House tries to do it, lawmakers are accused of "fighting old political battles," as the White House statement said.
Message received: Only Obama can change Obamacare.