Boehner Demands Full Individual Mandate Delay

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December 20, 2013 11:44 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Friday that the individual mandate should be fully delayed for one year, the day after the Obama administration announced it would exempt people whose policies had been canceled from the penalty.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the same in an earlier statement.

“With this latest delay, the Obama administration is once again admitting that the president’s health care law is unworkable and unaffordable,” Boehner said in a statement. “Millions have lost the plans they liked, only to find themselves priced out of new policies with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs.”

“The administration’s action does nothing to address the problems at the center of the president’s health care law, or to help the families suffering its consequences. All Americans deserve a hardship exemption from this train wreck of a law, and a focus on patient-centered reforms that will help lower costs and protect jobs.”

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