A proposal by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins to delay the individual health insurance mandate for one year under the Affordable Care Act would be vetoed by President Barack Obama, the White House said Tuesday.
The House is set to vote on the bill this week.
"The Simple Fairness Act will give hardworking Americans a one-year delay of the individual mandate tax to provide relief and protect families from this unworkable law," said Jenkins, the vice chairwoman of the Republican conference, whose district includes Lawrence.
According to media reports, Obama mocked the bill, citing the numerous votes by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"You know what they say: 50th time is the charm," Obama said.
Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals will face a fine of $95 or one percent of their taxable income for not purchasing health insurance in 2014.
The White House issued a statement that said rather than attempting to repeal the ACA, the House should join the president in focusing on "greater economic opportunity and security for middle class families and those working to get into the middle class."