The Washington Times - January 14, 2014, 11:03AM

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has filed a bill that would allow everyone to purchase catastrophic health plans instead of more expensive coverage on state-based Obamacare markets.

Mr. Flake, a Republican, said his legislation would designate these cheaper plans as sufficient to meet a minimal-coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

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He said it is not fair that only people younger than 30 can buy the catastrophic coverage under Obamacare, which tends to be less expensive but with higher deductibles. Those older than 30 can purchase the low-level coverage through a hardship exemption that President Obama recently extended to those who lost existing plans because of his health care law.

“Relief from the unaffordable cost of Obamacare coverage ought to be available to everyone, not just to a select patchwork of individuals chosen by the president,” Mr. Flake said.