After months of support for the roll out of Obamacare, Michelle Nunn, the assumed nominee for the Democrats for U. S. Senate, thinks we should delay the further implementation of the individual mandate.
Earlier this morning, Rep. Stacey Abrams talked to Zoller and Bryant about the ACA:
It seems by the hour, this program is becoming more unpopular and unworkable.
Last week, before the government shutdown deal was completed, Sen. Johnny Isakson said if as a business man, he was presented with a program where much had already been postponed and the rest of it didn’t have a website that worked, he’d put the program off or replace it.
Jim Galloway, The Political Insider at the AJC put it this way:
Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, just added her voice to those calling for a delay to the implementation of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, specifically aligning herself with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, demanded a postponement on Wednesday.
Consider this Nunn’s first big break with President Barack Obama. Here’s her statement:
“As someone who ran a $30-million dollar organization with 130 employees, I’ve witnessed first-hand the burden and financial pain of rising health care premiums. Georgia families and businesses of all sizes have struggled with this in recent years. As the execution of ACA moves forward, we need to make sure that it works and is practical not only for businesses, large and small, but ultimately for the individuals and families that are the audience for the legislation. We need to pragmatically build upon what we are learning and fix things that are broken.
“It has become apparent in recent weeks that implementing this law will take some time. That’s why I supported a delay in the mandate on businesses. And it is why, I believe that in light of the recent implementation challenges, I agree with bipartisan efforts led by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson to postpone the insurance penalty for Georgia families.
“There are parts of the law that are already helping families here in Georgia. Georgians shouldn’t be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition and young adults should be able to stay on their parent’s health plan when they are first starting out and looking for work. Under the law, there are no life time or annual limits on coverage and those who suffer a catastrophic illness don’t have to worry about losing their savings or their homes.
“But we need to fix what’s wrong with the law. After all, I know from my own experience with start-ups that when you start a business, it takes time to get it right and it often requires meaningful adjustments and course corrections. The same goes for fixing this law.”
Karen Handel has been the quickest among the Republican field to engage Nunn on issues. She sent out this series of Tweets this afternoon:
– After months of supporting Obamacare Michelle Nunn now calling for a delay?
– Political expediency? Seems like she is already acting like a career politician
– Obamacare needs to be repealed not delayed