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Democratic Senator Breaks Ranks, Will Vote to Delay Individual Mandate

The president is currently trying to sell Obamacare with a speech in Maryland. Meanwhile, Democratic senator Joe Manchin is breaking ranks and backing a Republican plan to delay the individual mandate for a year. Per Bloomberg:

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

“There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.”

The individual mandate is the linchpin of the law that requires most Americans to purchase health care through government-run insurance exchanges. Republicans, led by a group of newcomers in the House, are pushing to dismantle the health-care law and are using a ticking clock on a possible Oct. 1 government shutdown as leverage.

The rest here.

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