Rubio Seeks Obama's Support for Delay of Individual Mandate

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Friday, 25 Oct 2013 01:45 PM

By Dan Weil

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Sen. Marco Rubio is urging President Barack Obama to support his bill that would delay Obamacare’s individual mandate until six months after the program’s malfunctioning website is working normally.

In a letter to the president Thursday, Rubio said that with six Senate Democrats having announced support for a delay, the bill has enough support to win a bipartisan majority, The Hill reports.

The administration has already announced a six-month delay in the enrollment process due to the website problems. The enrollment deadline has been pushed back to March 31. After that, uninsured individuals could face a tax penalty if they decide not to purchase health insurance.

"Given your own admission that the website’s problems cannot be 'sugar-coated,' I believe my legislation rests on common-ground between us despite our differences over Obamacare as a whole, and is therefore deserving of your support,” Rubio wrote in his letter.

“In fact, six Democratic senators have already announced their support for delaying the mandate, giving such a measure enough votes to pass with bipartisan support.”

Actually, 10 Democratic senators have voiced support for some type of delay, according to The Hill. They are: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

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