Taxpayer advocate backs plan to delay individual mandate

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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An advocate for taxpayers says the timing of new legislation to delay ObamaCare's individual mandate penalty could not be more important. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said this week, on Tuesday, that he will introduce legislation to delay the penalty that can be assessed on individuals who do not buy health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.

Rubio says Americans should not be punished when so many consumers are having difficulty signing up online.

Pete Sepp of the nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union says people may not have to pay the penalty for not having health insurance coverage.

“But they will incur the penalty by not having that coverage as soon as mid-February or March, given the fact that they have to have the coverage in place by March 31 of 2014,” Sepp explains.

Sepp, Pete (NTU)Sepp adds that regardless of where you stand on the health care law, the fact remains that its implementation has been very difficult.

"The decent thing to do, not only for the American people but to give the bureaucracy some time to breathe here, is to delay the imposition of the individual mandate and its penalty,” says Sepp. “After all, people can't be faulted for a system that was poorly designed in the first place."

President Obama acknowledged Monday that the website has problems but stated that people were working to improve the situation.

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