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Two United States senators are stepping up to improve what they believe to be a broken piece of legislation.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., announced Thursday the pair introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" from Jan. 1, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015.

Manchin said since the affordable care acts passing in 2010, there have been many identifiable problems exposed that need addressed.

"We've worked through a few of these issues but our job in Congress is far from over," Manchin said in a statement on Thursday. "We need to start working together to fix this law and make it work so that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable health care coverage."

Manchin said fixing the broken system starts with a one-year delay of the individual mandate to eliminate penalty fees if individuals choose to not enroll for the health care plan in 2014.

"This commonsense proposal simply allows Americans to take more time to browse and explore their options, making 2014 a true transition year," he said.
Kirk agrees with Manchin that healthcare should not be a burden on consumers.
"Last July, American businesses were given more time to provide employees health coverage," the Illinois senator said. "If a delay is good enough for businesses, it should be good enough for all Americans."
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday he applauded Manchin for teaming up with Kirk to introduce the bill.

"Our office has been working day and night to work to resolve the issues related to ObamaCare regarding identity theft and consumer privacy," Morrisey said. "As I have said before, ObamaCare is not ready for primetime and should be delayed. While there are many more issues to be resolved with the law, this is at least a step in the right direction."
Key Findings in the bill:
* Congress must ensure healthcare is affordable and accessible.
* Political disagreements must be set aside so Congress and the President can work together to improve the system.
* Affordable access to preventative care can provide enormous benefits and reduce overall costs to Americans.
* Subscribing to a healthy lifestyle should be a goal for all Americans and Congress should act in an appropriate and responsible manner to make this goal achievable.
* Congress should work toward fixing flaws and ensuring the new programs are strong while giving the American people a transition period and delaying the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; but Congress should not hesitate to enact commonsense reforms.
Manchin has supported several pieces of legislation supporting the act including 1099 Provision which removed requirements that would force businesses, charities and churches to file excess forms with the IRS; a one-year delay of individual mandate delays individual mandate provisions for one year to eliminate penalty fees for not signing up for healthcare coverage; full time workweek definition extends to 40 hours and grandfather current health care plants allowing individuals to stay on their current care plans to prevent insurers from canceling coverage currently offered if policyholders would like to continue with existing plans.