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Indiana Senator Criticizes Obama’s Health Care Extension

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Senator Dan Coats explains 2014 plan in Evansville.

Senator Dan Coats says the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline extension is further proof that the law isn’t working.

The deadline for individuals to purchase health insurance or face a penalty is March 31.  But the Obama administration is providing a grace period for those who  begin enrollment by next Tuesday but aren’t able to complete signup.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, calls it a delay and says individuals should receive the same exemption given to businesses. The employer mandate has already been delayed until 2015.

Coats, a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, says Republicans need to talk not about repealing the law, but about replacing it. After all, he says, there are good parts, including extending parents’ health insurance to their children until the age of 26 and barring insurers from denying coverage for preexisting conditions.

But Coats says there are ways to improve other parts of the law, such as allowing insurers to compete across state lines.

“Look, we can drive over to Ohio or drive to Illinois if we want to get an automobile if we think we can get a better deal over there. With the Internet, people have access now to all kinds of options and choices. But you don’t have those options and choices under Obamacare,” he says.

Coats says he also wants to give states more autonomy when it comes to health care coverage, citing Indiana’s desire to use its Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid.

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