Republicans in the House of Representatives have been calling for a one year delay of the individual mandate for several months now. But since the website where Americans should be able to sign up for insurance has not been working properly, there have been more Democrats calling for the delay.
"Mr. Speaker, 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 are facing," said Barrow speaking on the House floor. "Folks are frustrated and rightfully so. I'm proud to be part of a bi-partisan effort to reform the law by repealing the mandate that employers provide coverage they can't afford, and the mandate that individuals buy insurance on their own. 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. This isn't about pointing fingers, this is about providing some relief to the folks we represent who are facing serious uncertainty because they are being forced to buy something that's just 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."
Barrow, who represents Georgia's 12th congressional district, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition in the House, a group of moderate Democrats.
So far President Barack Obama, while acknowledging the website issues, has refused to delay the individual mandate.