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Coats: ‘Start over’ on health care act

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow all insurers to extend existing health care plans for individuals through 2014 does not go far enough, according to Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

Coats, a persistent critic of the Affordable Care Act, said Thursday in a statement that Obama and Congress should “start over on real, bipartisan reforms that deliver affordable, quality health care.”

Coats said Obama’s announcement “is yet another indication that the administration is beginning to see the reality of their disastrous, one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., announced Thursday that he was co-sponsoring a Senate bill to let Americans keep their current health plans.

“There are too many on the left who say that we shouldn’t change anything and too many on the right who say we should just repeal the entire (health care law),” Donnelly said in a statement. “I’d rather work in a bipartisan way to improve the law so it works better for Hoosier families.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, spoke on the House floor about a Woodburn man whose medical insurance policy was canceled, adding that “President Obama’s health care law is hurting Hoosiers.”

Stutzman said he will support the Keep Your Health Plan Act, scheduled for a House vote today.