The U.S. Treasury Department hasn't bothered to analyze whether it has the legal authority to delay the individual mandate because there's no reason to do so, according to Mark Iwry

Iwry, a health policy advisor at the department, talked about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "shared responsibility" requirements for individuals today at a PPACA hearing organized by the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the chairman of the subcommittee asked Iwry, in several different ways, whether the department and the Internal Revenue Service, believe they have the same legal authority to delay implementation of the individual health mandate that they had to implement the PPACA employer "shared responsibility" provisions.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.