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Coats Wants Obamacare Delay

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September 13, 2013 — Public policy involving healthcare is getting a failing grade from an Indiana U-S senator.  Republican Dan Coats led senate comments this week against the Affordable Care Act.

He says tying its repeal to a federal government shutdown is not viable, so he wants to delay Obamacare implementation for a year.  Yesterday Coats pushed the Senate to pass his proposal for a delay, which could make Obamacare a national referendum of sorts during 20-14 Congressional elections.

Yesterday, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) urged passage of his legislation to delay the individual and employer mandates included in Obamacare until 2015.

Coats says, “This bill passed the House of Representatives with the support of both Republicans and several Democrats. If Democrats, Republicans and a majority of Americans agree this law is not working, then let’s do something now before Obamacare’s full impact on our economy takes effect.”

The Obama administration announced this summer that it will delay penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to workers, but penalties on individuals not purchasing insurance would still apply.

The Senators says, “Hoosier families and individuals deserve the same relief from Obamacare that the administration has given businesses.  I believe the best way to prevent this approaching train wreck from hitting Americans is to delay the Obamacare mandates so we can work to replace the health care law with a plan that actually reduces costs and puts patients in the driver seat of their health care decisions. I urge the Senate to allow a vote on this legislation so we can remove the burden of Obamacare from the backs of all Americans.”

Coats says Congress has proposed several alternatives to Obamacare, and he wants those Republican measures to be considered in any national healthcare programs.


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