The House on Wednesday rejected bipartisan legislation to exempt expatriates’ insurance plans from the 2010 healthcare law.
The House voted 257-159 in favor of the bill, a clear majority. But Republicans called it up under a suspension of House rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote.
Under the measure, Americans who work abroad and receive coverage through expatriate insurance plans would be exempt from the healthcare law’s individual and employer mandates. Business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the proposal.