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Sen. Coats Asks For Delay On Affordable Care Act Penalties

Sen. Dan Coats is traveling around the state to hear from Hoosiers about delaying the penalties for the Affordable Care Act.

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Photo: Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana

Senator Dan Coats is pushing for a one-year delay for individuals to enroll in the federal health care system.

Right now, those without insurance coverage have until March 31st to enroll or face penalties through the I-R-S.

Several Democratic senators are asking the president to support a delay in the penalties. Coats says delaying enrollment and the penalties would allow voters to weigh in at the ballot box next November.

He thinks it’s up to him and other Republicans to offer a better alternative.

“They passed this law Christmas morning of 2009 and here we are almost four years later and they can’t even implement the website,” Coats said. “This raises a lot of suspicions about whether or not their going to be able to manage it.”

Coats wants to see more private sector involvement and have a plan that still addresses issues that are important to Americans.

He’s making stops throughout Indiana this week to push for a delay and get more input from Hoosiers.

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