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February 8, 2016

Manchin, Kirk Unveil Obamacare Mandate Delay

Sen. Joe Manchin III has followed through on introducing legislation to delay the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare for a year.

The West Virginia Democrat teamed up with his friend Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., on the measure, which they announced late Thursday.

“We’ve worked through a few of these issues, but our job in Congress is far from over. We need to start working together to fix this law and make it work so that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable health care coverage,” Manchin said in a statement.

“We can start with a one-year delay of the individual mandate to eliminate penalty fees if individuals choose to not enroll for a health care plan in 2014. This commonsense proposal simply allows Americans to take more time to browse and explore their options, making 2014 a true transition year,” he added.

Manchin has been pushing for the mandate delay even though it may create political heartburn and tough votes for fellow Democrats, a possibility that #WGDB previously explored.

Almost all of the Democratic incumbents up in 2014 met with President Barack Obama for about two hours Wednesday to discuss the bungled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website for the federal health exchanges.

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