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January 22, 2013

Johanns Sponsors Legislation Repealing Health Law’s Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) is an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today repealing the individual insurance mandate, a central tenet of the President’s health care law. 

“I still believe this law should be fully repealed, but until then we must continue our efforts to dismantle its most damaging provisions,” Johanns said. “The individual mandate survived the scrutiny of the Supreme Court as a tax, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a blatant overreach of the government’s powers and another attempt by this Administration to limit Americans’ liberties.”

The American Liberty Restoration Act would strike provisions in the health care law that mandate individuals purchase health insurance.  This provision is the first time the federal government has forced Americans to purchase a product whether they want it of not.  The individual insurance mandate is scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year. 

Johanns led the effort to repeal the burdensome 1099 tax paperwork mandate in the health law, the first provision of the law to be repealed. Johanns' Small Business Paperwork Elimination Act had 60 cosponsors, including 16 Democrats.

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