Republican Senator Wants to Make More Exempt from Obamacare Mandate

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Republican Senator Wants to Make More Exempt from Obamacare Mandate

Sep, 12th 2016

The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a government fine, but in a growing number of places, there’s only one insurer offering policies through the law’s marketplaces.

“It’s totally unfair for people who are living under a monopoly system,” Sen. Ben Sasse told The World-Herald Wednesday.

The Nebraska Republican joined several GOP colleagues in unveiling legislation that would exempt individuals from the federal requirement to purchase health insurance if they live in counties where fewer than two insurers participate in the law’s marketplace.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced the legislation Wednesday, with the backing of Sasse and Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming.

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