Manchin Working On Bill To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate

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October 23, 2013 11:14 a.m.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is working on legislation to effectively delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year, his office told TPM on Wednesday.

His spokesman, Jonathan Kott, said Manchin opposes a bill proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to delay the mandate for a more indefinite period of time while problems with the insurance exchanges persist.

“He doesn’t support the Rubio bill and is working on bill to delay the penalty for a year,” Kott said.

Manchin is a longtime critic of the individual mandate but voted with Democrats against GOP efforts to delay it during the government shutdown debate.

[h/t Garance Franke-Ruta]

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