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White House, Insurers Resisting Efforts To Delay Health Law’s Individual Mandate

The effort to set back that requirement could hamper efforts to get young, healthy people in the insurance system, and that could undermine the insurance system, they argue.

Los Angeles Times: Insurers, White House Argue Against Delaying Healthcare Deadline
Even with its health insurance marketplace floundering for the fourth week, the Obama administration is resisting what some Democratic allies contend is the most logical response to the problem: giving consumers more time to sign up. According to insurers and the White House, delaying the deadline could undermine efforts to lure a broad, young and healthy mix of consumers to the market. That would end up costing insurers, and possibly taxpayers, money (Hennessey and Parsons, 10/30).

Meanwhile, one group is filing a lawsuit about another mandate in the law. 

The Associated Press: Conservative Group Files Lawsuit Seeking To Have New Health Care Law Declared Unconstitutional
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is seeking to have the health care law overturned. The group is seizing on a provision that was supposed to go into effect next year but ultimately was postponed for 12 months. That provision requires employers with 50 or more workers to offer affordable coverage or face fines, but it's been put off until 2015 (Ramde, 10/30).

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