U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga) spoke with FOX News' Neal Cavuto on Tuesday, on the "Your World with Neal Cavuto" program, where the Georgia lawmaker repeated his calls for delaying the individual mandate in the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
"I've been a sponsor of legislation to repeal or delay the individual mandate," said Barrow after pointing out that he voted against ACA back when it passed in 2010, in part because of the individual mandate requirement. "The problem with the rollout of the exchanges is one more compelling reason why we need to delay the implementation of the individual mandate."
In recent days, more Democrats have been vocal about delaying various parts of the law, including the individual mandate. Republicans have been campaigning for repeal or delay of ACA ever since it was passed.
The federal website set up for enrollment in Obamacare, the healthcare.gov, has been down majority of the time since the October 1st rollout.
Barrow said that the individual mandate requirement should be delayed "for as long as it's necessary, if necessary up to a year."
"We've seen the administration give businesses a one year break on the penalties for the employer mandate," said Barrow. "If we can do it for the employers, I think there is no reason why we can't do it for individuals all across the country as well."
Barrow is getting ready for another difficult election year. The centrist Democrat represents the very conservative Georgia's 12th congressional district, courtesy of Georgia Republicans redrawing the district in 2010 to exclude liberal Savannah and include conservative Augusta.
Barrow, who is a member of Blue Dog Democrats, a conservative group of Democrats in the House of Representatives, has been outspoken about his opposition to Obamacare. The law is unpopular in his district.
The problems with healthcare.gov have given Barrow a chance to highlight his opposition to the individual mandate, and to remind his constituents that he opposed ACA from the very beginning.
"Bottom line is this thing is not ready to roll out, and there's no way we can impose this mandate on folks if the only mechanism for folks to enroll just isn't ready yet," he said.
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