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November 1, 2013

SEN. DAN COATS: Delay Obamacare mandates

Let's delay Obamacare's individual mandate.

(Continued)

First, a delay of the Obamacare mandates would provide all Americans with the same relief that the administration already has given to businesses. The Obama administration announced this summer that it will delay penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to workers, but not provide the same delay for all Americans.

Don’t individuals deserve the same relief from Obamacare as businesses?

My bill would codify the delay of the employer-mandate and extend the same delay to all individuals and families.

Second, delaying the Obamacare mandates until after the 2014 midterm elections would allow American voters to decide the health care law’s fate now that the impact of the law is being felt. Although the House has passed numerous bills to dismantle Obamacare, we do not have the votes in the Senate today to repeal or defund Obamacare.

If we delay the mandates, Americans will be able to decide whether they want to keep Obamacare or replace it with step-by-step, consumer-driven health care reforms.

The House already has taken the first step and passed similar legislation, introduced by Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., to delay the employer and individual mandates. And it was bipartisan. Twenty-two House Democrats recognized the need to give Americans the same relief from Obamacare that businesses are receiving. Over the last several days, a number of Senate Democrats have expressed support for delaying parts or all of the president’s health care law as well.

As the president said last week, Obamacare is more than a website. It’s a law that has real-life consequences to Hoosier families and individuals.

President Obama — before and after Obamacare passed — promised all Americans they could keep their health care plans if they liked them. It was a promise he repeated time and time again.

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