U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), a member of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that investigated the Affordable Care Act’s CO-OP program earlier this year, issued the following statement praising Congressman Adrian Smith after the House Ways and Means Committee passed his bill, the Co-Op Consumer Protection Act.

“When CoOportunity failed, thousands of Nebraskans lost their coverage and were forced to look for new plans. It’s a heartbreaking story that’s played again and again across the country as more than half of Obamacare’s CO-OPs have collapsed. Obamacare must be completely repealed but, at the very least, we should agree that its victims shouldn’t face its penalties. Congressman Smith is absolutely right: Washington shouldn’t force the victims of co-op failures to pay Obamacare’s individual mandate—it’s just common sense.”

Additional information on the Smith legislation can be found here.