House Republicans will vote Tuesday on a more conservative version of the Senate fiscal deal that would include a delay of Obamacare's medical device tax and scrapping of subsidies for members of Congress and top Cabinet officials, lawmakers and aides said.
The bill would modify an emerging Senate plan crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but retain that deal's extension of the debt ceiling through Feb. 7.
It would also keep the Senate measure's plan of funding the government through Jan. 15 and immediately end the shutdown.
That's a shift from last weekend, when House Republicans wanted to open negotiations with the White House on ending the shutdown while extending the debt ceiling for six months.
The House GOP bill would prevent members of Congress as well as Cabinet members, the president and the vice president from getting taxpayer subsidies to use on Obamacare, but it would not prevent staff from getting the subsidies.
The healthcare law requires lawmakers and their staffs to get health insurance through Obamacare.
House Republicans argue that if Obama and Senate Democrats are going to force the American people to live under Obamacare, they should not be shielded from the law.
The bill would also eliminate a provision granted to unions in the Senate bill that would delay a tax on reinsurance that labor says would fall heavily on its members.
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Under the healthcare reform law, states are required to set up a transitional reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing premiums. As part of that transition, companies providing healthcare will be required to pay $63 per covered person in 2014, as well as lower fees the following two years.
It would also delay the tax on medical devices in the healthcare law. Reid has pushed aggressively to prevent any delay or repeal of that tax in a deal, according to Senate aides, though many senators oppose the tax.
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