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Collins joins House vote to delay ‘Obamacare’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Tonight, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted, 228-201, to demand a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance.

The House legislation also denies federal subsidies to members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, executive branch appointees, White House staff, the president and the vice president. They would be forced to purchase their health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges.

Congressman Chris Collins voted for the legislation. He issued this statement following the vote:

“For the third time in nearly as many days, I was proud to once again vote for a measure that fully funds the government, and protects the residents of New York’s 27th district from the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Collins said.

“Tonight, I voted to send a strong message to Washington politicians that neither Congress nor its staff deserves special treatment or exemptions from Obamacare. Now, it is time for the Senate to do the right thing, fully fund the government, treat the American people the same as big business, and eliminate any special treatment for Congress and career politicians.”

In a message on Twitter, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said the House vote “sure makes it seem they want a gov’t shut down.”