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Nine House Democrats Propose Delay of Individual-Mandate Penalty

The bill would delay the penalty until HealthCare.gov is fully functional.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., sponsored the bill to delay the individual-mandate penalty in the health care law.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

photo of Sophie Novack
October 31, 2013

Nine Democratic members of the House proposed legislation Wednesday that would delay the individual-mandate penalty under Obamacare until the enrollment website is fully functional.

The Health Care Access Fairness and Penalty Delay Act, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., would require the Health and Human Services inspector general to verify that the site is running properly, after which consumers would have 90 days to sign up for insurance, and 30 days after that before mandate penalties come into effect.

All but one of the Democratic cosponsors are main Republican targets in next year's elections, and have been hit with attacks recently from the National Republican Congressional Committee over the problem-plagued rollout of HealthCare.gov, according to The Hill.

 

A mandate delay is different from an extension of the open-enrollment period, which other Democratic lawmakers have proposed.

Many Republican lawmakers have been calling for a full-year delay of the individual mandate, to correspond with the one-year delay of the employer mandate.

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