WH: You can't delay the individual mandate
September 26th, 2013
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WH: You can't delay the individual mandate

Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was dismissive Thursday of comments by Sen. Joe Manchin endorsing a one-year delay of the new health care law's individual mandate.

"The fact is you have to make the system work," Carney told reporters during the White House press briefing, arguing that one of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the protection of those with preexisting conditions, cannot work without the individual mandate.

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Carney's assertion was in response to comments made by Manchin Thursday morning at a Bloomberg Government breakfast hosted in Washington. At that breakfast, the West Virginia Democrat said he would support a funding bill that includes a one-year delay for the requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty fee.

"There's no way I could not vote for it," Manchin is quoted by Bloomberg as saying of such a resolution. "It's very reasonable and sensible."

When asked about Manchin's statements, Carney said that it was not a new position for the senator. Carney stressed that any effort to achieve that goal via the continuing resolution to fund the government would be irresponsible.

"Attaching it to a continuing resolution will not pass the Senate, will not become law, but will only draw us closer to a shutdown," Carney said of a delay. "It doesn't change anything."

Congress is fast hurtling towards an end-of-Monday deadline to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the government. House Republicans attached language to the bill that would defund the law, known as Obamacare, while funding everything else, which is a nonstarter in the Democrat controlled Senate.

Short of defunding or dismantling President Barack Obama's signature law, a delay in the individual mandate has been one of the most popular anti-Obamacare pushes by conservatives and even some liberals.

The argument, by Manchin and others, is that such a delay would be only fair to the American people after the Obama administration granted a similar delay to large businesses in their reporting requirement for providing health insurance to their employees.

To that, Carney and other Obamacare supporters argue that the individual mandate is the lynchpin of the entire law, the only way to ensure lower prices and put enough money in the system for insurers to affordably cover the sick and healthy alike.

The reason that those with preexisting conditions won't be denied insurance under Obamacare "is because of the expansion of the number people who will be covered and participate in these marketplaces provided by the Affordable Care Act through the individual mandate," Carney said.

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  1. Sniffit

    "they just keep taking more and more from the people they think they can take more and more from."

    Really? Is that why taxes are the lowest they've been in decades despite the very clear revenue problems it is creating? Interesting theory there, Jethro.

    September 26, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. just saying

    "if it is a complete failure the Dems will be in the crapper big time"
    Right, which is why the GOP/Teatrolls across the country, particularly in red states they control, have done everything they can to try to break it....

    break it??? heck, even obama isn't enforcing or implementing half of the law! that is how broken it was when the leftist democrat clown show passed it without reading it!! the term train wreck was used by a democrat not a republican. the unions use the words nightmare scenario! are they republicans now all of a sudden??

    September 26, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "the difference is that insurance pools were voluntary"

    Which, as I already explained above, is part of why they were broken.

    September 26, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. just saying

    1. Guns? A tiny tax penalty? Haha. You're nothing if not enamored with hyperboles from the bubble.
    yes, a law requiring you to do something that is enforced by the irs is a gun to the head of americans. do what we demand or else.

    The penalty will be applied to your taxable income and will be 1% to 2.5% of your taxable income or a set amount, whichever is greater.
    2014 = $95 per person per year or 1% of your Income
    2015 = $325 per person per year or 2% of your Income
    2016 = $695 per person per year or 2.5% of your Income
    2017 = Tax Penalty will increase by the rate of inflation going forward, or 2.5% of your Income

    2.5% of your income is tiny???? maybe for you it is!

    2. Not in their financial best interest? Name the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in this country. NAME IT.
    so obamacare a healthcare plan or an anti-bankruptcy law??? bankruptcy is a matter for each person and many factors are involved.

    All you do is parrot conclusory statements and provide ZERO factual analysis and argument to back it up....and it's because you can't. It's all faulty premise starting points.

    all you do is throw out nonsense and name calling when presented with facts. it is all the left ever does when confronted with facts that do not support their fanstasy.

    September 26, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Big Pharma's Fight to Protect the Drugs That Cooks Turn Into Meth ... Bush and Congress were both lobbied effectively by big pharma. ..."Merchants of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps the Cooks in Business .

    The final nail in the coffin of the middle class. Fundamental transformation accomplished


    September 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. rs

    the real fact is that all of these people are paying for and subsidizing all the other people.
    Wow! You finally figured out how "insurance" really works!

    September 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. tom l

    I love what a corporatist you have become! Let's make sure big business doesn't have to comply with the law but let's make sure the average American does! Awesome.

    September 26, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. rs

    of course this is how it works.... everybody knows this (well, except your buddy rusty krus). the difference is that insurance pools were voluntary.
    Really? The automobile insurance I buy, by law, is voluntary? News to me chum. If I have to buy that, why not for my health? That is the thing most apt to bankrupt me- and most Americans at this point.

    September 26, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. tom l

    Just what is that "tiny penalty"? You do realize that it is either $95 OR 1% OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD INCOME? So let's say you're making $50,000 (very middle classish) is $500. Funny how all I have ever heard is that it's $95 when it's not.

    September 26, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. tom l

    Why would anybody buy health insurance that doesn't have it now when they know that they will be covered due to the fact that they cannot be denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition? So. Many. Flaws.

    September 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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