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From the article cited in post #1:
Manchin doesn’t face re-election until 2016. He was elected after the health-care bill passed Congress in 2010, and said his approval rating has dropped about 20 percentage points, to about 47 percent.
Many of the House Republicans are backed by the limited-government Tea Party movement, which is trying to cripple the law. FreedomWorks, an organization tied to the Tea Party, is targeting college campuses, telling young adults to not sign up for the government-run insurance exchanges scheduled to roll out on Oct. 1.
Americans for Prosperity, a small-government group funded by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch, is spending almost $1 million on TV ads to do the same.
Postponing the individual mandate would increase premiums and risk coverage for adults with pre-existing coverage, said David Simas, White House deputy senior adviser for communications.
“A delay of the individual requirement results in fewer people having insurance,” Simas said yesterday