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Sen. Coats’ Top Priority: Repeal Part Of Affordable Care Act

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, revealed his top legislative priorities today, including a delay of the individual mandate and a repeal of the medical device tax.

Sen. Dan Coats

Photo: Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is also coauthoring legislation that seeks to simplify the tax code.

U.S. Senator Dan Coats says protecting Hoosiers from the burdens of the Affordable Care Act is his top legislative priority for 2014.

As a Republican in the U.S. Senate, Dan Coats is in the minority, and he knows that to get anything done, he’ll have to work with Democrats. He says he realizes that a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely, so he’s working  to change particularly problematic parts of the law.

Coats says those avenues include a delay of the individual mandate and a repeal of the medical device tax.

“It has bipartisan support. Twenty-four Democrats have joined 45 Republicans to press on the president that this egregious tax on gross sales on medical devices needs to be repealed,” Coats says.

Coats says other legislation he is coauthoring this year simplifies the tax code and has a real chance at passage.

“That tax code is full of loopholes which benefit a few but not the many,” he says. “We can lower rates; we can make our corporations more effective in terms of tax rate as well as individuals.”

The coauthor of that bill is a Democrat who’s become head of the Senate Finance Committee.

Coats’ other priorities include supporting faith-based community organizations and promoting Indiana’s defense industry.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Chamber Singer

    No surprise on this one. Too bad he can’t advocate for the poor people that will have no coverage because his Republican ally, Pence, won’t have any part with Obamacare and thus will NOT expand Medicare in Indiana. People will suffer and die, but apparently Coats ‘ reading of “the least of these” in Matthew 25 doesn’t lead him to apply this judgment to the poor of Indiana. As a man of faith, he ought to be ashamed that he’s trying to “cut back” the Affordable Care Act, instead of expanding it!

  • Ed Hopson

    Coats has joined the ranks of the GOProgressives. Accept Obamacare as law of the land, agitate to show opposition and, hopefully, take over in the next election. Then they can expand it and finalize the welfare state run by the big business moneymen.

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