Johanns Supports Delay of Individual Mandate Until Exchanges Work
WASHINGTON —U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) cosponsored a bill to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate until the healthcare.gov website and other options to enroll in the law’s exchanges are verifiably functional.
“The rollout of Obamacare has been a trainwreck from the get-go, but the introduction of healthcare.gov has been an embarrassment for the Administration and a source of tremendous frustration for Nebraskans and Americans across the country,” Johanns said. “While a fully-functional enrollment system won’t fix the law’s fatal flaws, it’s certainly not to fair to punish American families for not registering on a website that doesn’t work.
“The President has delayed and removed provisions of Obamacare that are inconvenient to special interest groups and vulnerable members of his party. It’s time to do the same for the countless Americans struggling to enroll in health insurance because of this Administration’s incompetent exchange rollout.”
The bill, introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), delays the individual mandate until six months after the health care website has been fixed. Additionally, it exempts Americans from paying the fine for not having health insurance if they tried to sign up but could not because of website failures.