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Noting uninsured Hispanics, Sen. Marco Rubio wants Obamacare delay until website's certified

Marco Rubio has a new reason for calling for an Obamacare delay: The Administration's decision to suspend the act's Spanish-language sign-up website.

Rubio notes the high rate of uninsured Hispanics, but he's silent on ways to insure them.

Rubio basically wants Obamacare halted until the General Accounting Office certifies the website's functionality. Roping in the GAO is interesting in that House members, as they debated drafts of an immigration reform bill, said GAO couldn't have signoff authority on certifying border security.

Here's the press release:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today regarding the Obama Administration’s indefinite postponement of, its Spanish-language enrollment website for ObamaCare:

“Hispanics have among the highest uninsured rates in the nation. Yet despite hundreds of millions of dollars devoted to a Spanish-language propaganda campaign, the Spanish-language ObamaCare website hasn’t even been launched.

“It’s not fair to punish anyone for not buying ObamaCare when the website they are supposed to buy it on doesn’t work. That is why I intend to introduce legislation to delay the individual mandate until the GAO certifies that the ObamaCare exchange website has been fixed and fully functional for at least six months.

“I still believe that Obamacare will eventually be repealed and replaced.  But at the very least, all should be spared from its tax penalties and having the IRS come after them until all of ObamaCare’s enrollment options are fully functional for at least six months.”

Rubio’s legislation, which will be introduced when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week, delays the individual mandate until six months after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) certifies the websites and all other sign-up options (phone, mail, fax) are fully functional. Thereafter, it exempts people from paying the mandate fines if they can prove that they tried to sign up but could not because of technical or customer service issues.