Griffin bill draws veto threat

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) - The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto legislation that Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, has penned as part of an ongoing effort by the House GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Last week, Griffin joined Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., in crafting two bills that would delay for one year the requirement that small businesses provide health insurance to employees and that individuals purchase insurance. The two members of the House Ways and Means Committee proposed the bills after the Obama administration announced the employer mandate would not go into effect for another year.

"Looks like the president was for delaying the employee mandate before he was against it, but regardless of where the administration is on the issue today, only Congress can change the law," Griffin said Tuesday. "It's simply not fair to give businesses and labor unions relief from Obamacare and leave workers and families behind to deal with the devastating consequences."

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