SWFL congressman brings bill to delay healthcare penalty
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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - If you go to the healthcare.gov website right now, you cannot complete your application, and you haven't been able to do so since Saturday night.
It's because of technical difficulties like that, that Florida lawmakers Trey Radel and Marco Rubio are sponsoring a bill. They don't think it's right for families or individuals to be fined for not having coverage when it's so difficult to sign up.
"So what we're asking is a simple year of delay of the fine. Republicans and democrats are working in a bipartisan way to delay the fine for a year for something you can't even sign up for," explains Radel.
Fines can run up to $285 per family or 1% of your annual income, whichever is greater, if you're not covered by March 31st of 2014.
"And we're also saying, let people keep their plan if they want," adds Radel.
He says he's gotten a mountain of complaints from people who say they're dealing with a dilemma.
"If people want to stay with their private health insurer, they'd have to pay double. If they want to go into Obamacare, they're not going to get the same care that they've had for years," is among the chief complaints says Radel.
And more and more democrats are supportive of a delay. Last week, a group of them met with the president concerned about what the flawed website launch could do to their re-election prospects.
As for the healthcare.gov marketplace, you can bet we'll be checking if it's back online Tuesday.