President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked a Republican bid on Wednesday to repeal his healthcare overhaul, likely leaving the fate of the year-old law up to the federal courts.
The Senate rejected the attempted repeal on a party-line vote of 51-47, two days after a federal judge struck down the law as unconstitutional, a ruling the Obama administration promptly announced it would appeal.
Meanwhile, the Senate voted Wednesday for the first time to repeal a piece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rolling back a new tax reporting requirement that’s been universally panned by business owners.
The amendment to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17 with broad bipartisan support.
The provision was one that Obama identified in his State of the Union speech as something that Democrats were willing to change.
The Senate voted several times last year on repealing the requirement, but all the attempts failed amid partisan bickering over how to pay for it. Republicans made an attempt to repeal the provision by taking money from the health reform law’s prevention and wellness fund. Democrats tried to repeal it without paying for it.
The provision would have required business owners to file 1099 tax documents on all cumulative purchases from a single vendor that total more than $600 in a year.
It was included in the health law because it would have raised about $17 billion in previously uncollected taxes. A bipartisan collection of business groups have opposed the provision, arguing that it would bury them in paperwork.