WASHINGTON —U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement about the Obama Administration’s decision to extend the individual healthcare coverage mandate enrollment period by six weeks after a private meeting with insurance executives and as Democrats expressed election concerns:
“When it comes to this defective law, the only voices the Administration seems to hear are from politically connected corporations and vulnerable Democrats. Families have been saying this law is increasing their costs and forcing them to lose the coverage they have, but their stories continue to be ignored by the President and officials within his Administration.
“At the end of the day, this law is not ready for primetime. It needs to be repealed and replaced, or at the very least delayed until all of the flaws can be identified and verifiably fixed—if that’s possible. Until then, I will continue working to unwind the law’s most damaging provisions.
“It’s time for this law’s supporters to check their egos at the door and join Republicans in rescuing families from an unfair, unwise and downright harmful law.”
NOTE: The Obama Administration has already delayed the law’s employer mandate for a year, and, according to reports, will extend the individual mandate enrollment deadline following a meeting with some of the nation’s largest insurance companies. Analysis of the law’s exchange has found that, due to a lack of competition, the law will increase costs for many, particularly those in rural areas.
Senator Johanns is a cosponsor of a bill introduced by Senator Hatch that would repeal the individual mandate and a bill introduced by Senator Coats that would delay the individual and employer mandates.