Senator Coats Issues Statement on Obamacare "Glitches"

27 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

Indiana Senator Coats issues a statement today pledging to fight for a delay of the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.  In the statement, Coats said:

An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart, Indiana, summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:

“I have tried for two weeks to apply through the marketplace, only to electronically sign my application and be kicked back to my ‘profile page.’ This is the most bizarre system I have ever experienced. If a company put a business website together like this they would go out of business.”

Despite its $400 million cost to taxpayers, the president’s health care website has been plagued by nationwide accounts of technological complications since it launched on October 1. It also has been reported that the site provides inaccurate information about the federal tax credits available to those seeking health insurance. An experienced online database programmer told CBS News, “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”

President Obama and Harry Reid slammed Obamacare through the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009 and strong-armed it through the House of Representatives a few months later. They have had almost four years to prepare for the rollout of their health care law and this is what it looks like – a disaster. A recent Associated Press poll revealed that only seven percent of Americans believe the rollout of Obamacare has gone either very well or extremely well.

Despite the website’s numerous glitches and many other implementation problems, the administration still insists on fining taxpayers if they don’t purchase health insurance. This week, the Obama administration  announced a six-week extension to sign up for a health care plan before facing a penalty. This brief extension is certainly no consolation for the millions of Americans that are seeing their premiums rise and their paychecks fall.

Now is the time to pass my bill to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year.

First, a delay of the Obamacare mandates would provide all Americans with the same relief that the administration already has given to businesses. The Obama administration announced this summer that it will delay penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to workers, but not provide the same delay for all Americans. Don’t individuals deserve the same relief from Obamacare as businesses? My bill would codify that delay and extend the same delay to all individuals and families.

Second, delaying the Obamacare mandates until after the 2014 midterm elections would return the decision of Obamacare’s fate to the American voters. As of today, we do not have the votes in the Senate to repeal or defund Obamacare, but if we can delay the mandates, Americans will be able to decide whether they want to keep Obamacare or replace it with step-by-step, consumer-drive health care reforms.

My bill mirrors legislation introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) that passed the House of Representatives in July with the support of 22 Democrats. And several Senate Democrats have come out in support delaying parts or all of the president’s health care law.

As bipartisan acknowledgement of Obamacare’s problems increases, I will continue to fight for a vote in the Senate. This law’s failures are more than mere glitches.

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