Democrat Tells Obama People Shouldn’t Be Penalized For Problematic Health Insurance Website
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday called for the Obama administration to consider extending the open enrollment period for the first year of the health care law’s implementation — and delaying the individual mandate tax — if the problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website persist.
New Hampshire is one of the states that did not set up its own exchange, meaning Granite State residents are facing the full brunt of the “glitches.”
“Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll,” the Democrat wrote in a Tuesday letter to President Barack Obama.
Shaheen then went further to suggest a delay in enforcement of the individual mandate tax penalty if issues persist.
“Further, in light of the difficulties individuals may be having with enrolling through healthcare.gov, I ask that you clarify how the individual responsibility penalty will be administered and enforced,” she wrote. “If an individual is unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems with enrollment, they should not be penalized because of lack of coverage.”