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GOP Nebraska senator wants 'individual mandate' struck down

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A Nebraska senator has introduced yet another bill that seeks to “dismantle” President Obama’s signature first-term achievement — sweeping health care reforms.

Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, said on Tuesday his American Liberty Restoration Act would strike down the controversial “individual mandate” that requires individuals buy health insurance unless they qualify for a financial-hardship exemption.

The mandate, which goes into effect in 2014 alongside key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June as an acceptable use of Congress’ taxation powers.

But that’s not about to stop Mr. Johanns.

“The individual mandate survived the scrutiny of the Supreme Court as a tax, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a blatant overreach of the government’s powers and another attempt by this Administration to limit Americans’ liberties,” he said Tuesday.

Attempts to eliminate “Obamacare” in whole or in part are nothing new among Republican members of Congress.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and tea party icon, introduced a bill on the first day of the 113th Congress that seeks to repeal Mr. Obama’s law, marking the 34th such attempt in the House.

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