October 22, 2013

Rubio: Delay Individual Mandate

Sen. Rubio offers strategic bill.

With the ongoing repairs to Healthcare.gov making the website essentially useless, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is offering a bill that would delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate until the exchange successfully operates for six successive months. “It’s not fair to punish people for buying something that’s not available,” he said. HotAir reveals Rubio’s strategy: “Delay the mandate for months and you’re all but guaranteeing that healthy uninsured people won’t sign up soon, which means insurers won’t have the new revenue they were banking on to cover sick people’s preexisting conditions. Voila – you’ve created the conditions for an industry death spiral. Democrats know it too, just like they also know that they’re not getting anything like single-payer through Congress so long as there’s a Republican majority in the House. So they have no choice but to oppose Rubio’s bill and defeat it in the Senate, even though doing so will make for terrible politics.”

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