House GOP Calls for Delay of Individual Mandate

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House Republicans called for a delay in the portion of Obamacare requiring individuals to carry health insurance, Tuesday.

The Obama administration recently delayed the requirement for employers to provide health insurance until after the 2014 election. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that's not "good enough."

"Today we sent a letter to the president asking him to justify delaying the employer mandate while leaving in place the mandate on individuals and families," Boehner said. "Because if businesses can get relief from Obamacare, the rest of America ought to be able to get relief as well."

Boehner went on to say the president's decision to use the honor system to hand out subsidies opens up taxpayers to extensive fraud and abuse.

He added that because of Obamacare, millions of full-time workers can only find part-time jobs, and health care costs are skyrocketing.

Tara McGuinness, a senior White House adviser on the rollout of the law, disputed Boehner's claims.

"The whole law is built to make health insurance more affordable for people," McGuinness said.

She added that there's also flexibility in enforcement to ensure that people who can't afford coverage don't get penalized.

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