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Obama distracts from individual mandate delay by going after military sexual assault

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On the heels of the Obama administration's decision to delay for one year Obamacare's individual mandate for Americans whose health plans were cancelled, President Obama shifted focus to sexual assault in the military.

In a statement released Friday, Obama gave military leaders one year to “make substantial improvements with respect to sexual assault prevention and response, including to the military justice system.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey are to create a report for Obama about the military's progress on prevention by Dec. 1, 2014.

"If I do not see the kind of progress I expect, then we will consider additional reforms that may be required to eliminate this crime from our military ranks and protect our brave service members who stand guard for us every day at home and around the world," Obama said.

Congress cleared a bill Thursday that would change the way the Pentagon handles sexual assault and rape cases among military personnel. Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

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