Manchin Working On Bill To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by reporters as he walks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, after a meeting on gun control.
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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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