“I’m pleased Senate Republicans have kept their promise to seek repeal of President Obama’s job-destroying healthcare law,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement after the vote. “Each day this unconstitutional healthcare law is allowed to remain in effect—with its burdensome mandates and tax hikes—it costs our country jobs.”
One of the law’s mandates that many have found burdensome—the contentious 1099 reporting provision—was the topic of another Senate vote on Wednesday. The Senate voted 81 to 17 to approve Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) amendment to repeal that provision in the law, which requires American businesses to file a form with the Internal Revenue Service for every vendor with which they conduct transactions worth $600 or more. The cost to repeal the 1099 provision is about $22 billion, but will not add to the deficit because it will be offset by cuts in spending elsewhere in the budget, according to Cullen Schwarz, a spokesman in Stabenow’s office.
The American Medical Association applauded the Senate’s vote on the 1099 measure, which the AMA has said would have had a negative effect on physician practices.
“It is estimated that paperwork already takes up as much as a third of a physician’s workday—time that could be better spent with patients,” Dr. Cecil Wilson, president of the AMA said in a statement. “And this provision would only increase that burden.”