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U.S. House Republicans vote to change healthcare law

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
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The U.S. House Republicans have once again passed a bill to significantly change the Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare.'

According to the Associated Press on April 3, the House voted 248-179 to change the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. The change would result in fewer workers getting employer-sponsored health coverage.

The Republicans argue that the change in the definition of a "full-time" employee would give small businesses and corporations' relief from being required to cover workers who work more than 30 hours a week. I the healthcare law, businesses are required to insure full-time workers or face a penalty.

The Republicans also said that a recent report said that the law will lead to a reduction in hours for workers or mass layoffs as a response to the healthcare law.

The Democrats fired back at their Republican counterparts, saying that Americans are beginning to see the positive effects of Obamacare and that Republicans are playing politics in a high-stakes election year.

This is the 52nd time the House Republicans have voted to either repeal or change Obamacare. The bill is expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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