Fox News just teased an appearance by Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) on Your World w/ Neil Cavuto (4pm EST) to discuss his support for a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate.
“Since October 1st, millions of Americans have attempted to access healthcare.gov to try to learn about the health insurance coverage they’re required to buy. And every day, we’re learning more and more about the problems they’re facing,” Barrow said on the House floor last week. “Folks are frustrated, and rightfully so.”
“Earlier this year, the Administration delayed the employer mandate, because businesses across the country just weren’t ready. But not the individual mandate. At the very least, our constituents deserve the same relief that businesses got,” he noted. “This isn’t about pointing fingers. This is about providing some relief to the folks we represent who are facing serious uncertainty because they’re being forced to buy something that’s not ready.”
“I urge my colleagues and the Administration to delay the individual mandate. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the only practical thing to do,” he added.
Barrow introduced legislation at the beginning of the year that would repeal a few of the most controversial provisions in the law, including the individual and employer mandates and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). He has also co-sponsored a measure introduced by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) to repeal the employer mandate.
He has voted for delays of the various provisions of the law, but has voted against full repeal on three separate occasions (Roll Call #14, H.R. 2, 1/19/11; Roll Call #460, H.R. 6079, 7/11/12; and Roll Call #154, H.R. 45, 5/16/13) Richard Carbo, a spokesman for Barrow, told me back during the summer that the Congressman supports repeal, but agrees with Republicans on the need to “replace” the law.
To date, Republicans have not coalesced around any proposals to achieve that end, though Reps. Tom Price (R-GA) and Paul Broun (R-GA) have separately introduced healthcare policy alternatives.