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.
National Journal
Sophie Novack
Oct. 31, 2013, 8:04 a.m.

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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