Congressman Stutzman: ACA Must Be Fixed

By Corinne Rose

November 22, 2013 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Congress is on its Thanksgiving break, and we caught up with third district Congressman Marlin Stutzman.

One of the big issues he is concerned about is how to handle the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican Stutzman says he's not sure how the president should fix it, though.

This, as the deadline to sign up for coverage under what's commonly called Obamacare has just been extended another week.

So you now have until December 23rd to get insurance.

But Congressman Stutzman says that's not enough of a fix for the country.

We don't seem to be hearing anything from the President on a pathway forward and what he's going to do to fix it. I think it only gets worse because the business mandate was delayed and that's going to start, we're going to start hearing what those premiums are going to cost come August, September. And I think right before an election in 2014, Democrats have got to find a fix to this particular problem sooner rather than later, because it's going to be a huge political liability for them,” Stutzman says.

The farm bill is another big issue for the House to tackle. Stutzman says leaders are trying to get it passed before the end of the year, but he thinks the food stamp program might have to be pulled out and made into a separate bill.

He also expects the House to take up immigration reform this spring.

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