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October 28, 2013

Young, Coats push for health care delay

House already approved extension of deadline

NEW ALBANY —

U.S. Rep. Todd Young believes more now than when he first introduced the legislation that President Barack Obama should delay the individual and employer mandates for the Affordable Care Act. 

Young, R-Ind., has a fellow GOP Hoosier in the Senate who feels the same way in Sen. Dan Coats. 

The issues complicating people from being able to sign up for coverage on the  president’s health care website further prove that “Obamacare” should be delayed, Coats said this week. 

“It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to delay the individual mandate,” Coats stated in a news release on Thursday. “I am hearing from many Hoosiers that can’t even sign up for Obamacare because the $400 million website is a complete disaster, yet the administration still insists on fining taxpayers if they don’t purchase health insurance.” 

The six-week extension for obtaining insurance isn’t enough, Coats continued. 

In July, Young sponsored the Fairness for American Families Act to delay the individual mandate by one year and the employer coverage requirement until 2015.

Young’s legislation passed the House, and Coats is trying to garner support in the Senate to pass a companion measure. 

In an interview with the News and Tribune on Friday, Young said even the White House essentially conceded back in July when it originally delayed the employer mandate that the plan “wasn’t ready for prime time.” 

“Why would we be mandating people with the threat of a tax penalty to buy a particular type of insurance that they might not otherwise want to buy when the vehicle to purchase this insurance is clearly broken?” Young said. 

He added that more Democrats are stating their concerns with the Affordable Care Act in its current form, and that delaying implementation of the plan has bipartisan support. 

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