by Sahil Kapur//Talking Points Memo
"A trio of face-saving changes by conservative Democratic Senators would do significant damage to the law, according to health policy experts. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) wants to make sure people can keep their insurance plans even if they fail to meet basic benefit standards under Obamacare. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants to delay by one year the tax penalty for failing to comply with the individual mandate. And ten Democrats want to give people more time to enroll on the exchanges. These proposals come in response to the political fallout of Obamacare's woeful and embarrassing enrollment launch one month ago. But they carry a potentially steep price: each harms the law's core goals by potentially destabilizing the market and raising premiums, experts and the insurance industry warn. "I think each of these [proposals] would be significantly disruptive to the law's goals," said Tim Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University and leading expert on Obamacare."
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