Today 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, announced his companion legislation to Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith’s CO-OP Consumer Protection Act. The simple legislation would repeal Obamacare’s mandate for families who lost their insurance coverage when Obamacare’s CO-OPs collapsed.

“This is about fairness. It is unjust to make families who suffered because of the incompetence of Obamacare’s bureaucrats pay Obamacare’s mandate. More than a hundred thousand Nebraskans and Iowans lost their health insurance when CoOportunity failed and that was just the beginning — more than half of Obamacare’s CO-OPs have collapsed across the country. While the entirety of Obamacare must be repealed, Republicans and Democrats should be able to at least agree that it is callous to force CO-OP victims to pay Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty. I’m grateful for Congressman Smith’s work in the House and I’m proud to join that effort by introducing this bill in the Senate.”

Background:

Sasse will introduce the Senate companion to the CO-OP Consumer Protection Act early next week. This legislation repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate for anyone who purchased insurance from one Obamacare’s failed CO-OPs. The bill applies retroactively to the Nebraskans and Iowans who lost their coverage when CoOportunity failed.