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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Delaying Coverage Mandate Not A Simple Idea

News outlets examine the political and policy issues involved in delaying the health law's requirement that almost everyone have health insurance.

Politico: Delay Obamacare? Not As Easy As You Think
More and more Democrats worried about the 2014 election are beginning to join the Republican call to delay the Obamacare enrollment season. But it’s not as easy as bumping things back a few days on the calendar. Insurance companies would raise a ruckus because they set their prices based on customers enrolling before April. The Obama administration doesn’t want to push the successful enrollment stories until any later than they have to. And neither want to give procrastinators another reason to wait to sign up (Haberkorn, 10/25).

Roll Call: Manchin’s Obamacare Mandate Delay Could Create Political Peril
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III has quickly become a favorite of Republicans with his quest to delay the individual mandate to buy health insurance under Obamacare. Though that effort doesn’t seem to have much traction, it’s one that could start giving vulnerable Democrats heartburn (Lesniewski and Shiner, 10/25).

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