Lawmaker to introduce bill to delay individual mandate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation that would delay the individual mandate until after the health insurance exchanges are operating smoothly, reported Politico. "How are you going to go after people next year using the IRS to punish them if the thing you're forcing them to buy isn't available for them," Rubio said on Fox News's "Fox and Friends." He wants the Government Accountability Office to certify that the marketplace has been effectively working for six months before the individual mandate should be implemented. "I think that's a prudent approach given the problems that [the exchanges are] facing by the White House's own admission." Rubio also said the Obama administration's lack of forthcoming information only adds to the uncertainty of whether the healthcare reform law can succeed. "They're not sharing accurate numbers as to how well or not well it's working, how many people have been able to enroll and receive it or not," he said. "They're not being transparent, which is just adding more and more doubt to this entire process." Article

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