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November 1, 2013

SEN. DAN COATS: Delay Obamacare mandates

Let's delay Obamacare's individual mandate.

An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:

“I have tried for two weeks to apply through the marketplace, only to electronically sign my application and be kicked back to my ‘profile page.’ This is the most bizarre system I have ever experienced. If a company put a business website together like this they would go out of business.”

Despite its $400 million cost to taxpayers, the president’s health care website has been plagued by nationwide accounts of technological complications since it launched on Oct. 1. It also has been reported that the site has provided inaccurate information about the federal tax credits available to those seeking health insurance.

An experienced online database programmer told CBS News, “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”

The administration has had almost four years to prepare for the rollout of their health care law and this is what it looks like — a complete disaster. A recent Associated Press poll revealed that only 7 percent of Americans believe the rollout of Obamacare has gone either very well or extremely well.

Despite the website’s numerous glitches and many other implementation problems, the administration still insists on fining taxpayers if they don’t purchase health insurance.

Last week, the Obama administration announced a six week extension to sign up for a health care plan before facing a penalty. This brief extension is not enough and certainly no consolation for the millions of Americans who are seeing their policies canceled, premiums rise and paychecks fall.

In September, I introduced legislation to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year, and as the problems with the health care law rise, I will continue to push for a vote on this bill.

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