Two senators are moving forward with a bill to delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate for one year in light of the massive problems facing the federal enrollment website.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) unveiled legislation to eliminate the $95 penalty set to hit people who do not carry insurance starting next April.
“This commonsense proposal simply allows Americans to take more time to browse and explore their options, making 2014 a true transition year,” Manchin said in a statement.
The bill had no additional co-sponsors as of Thursday afternoon, but it is expected to gain traction as HealthCare.gov remains mired in problems.
Federal health officials have set a deadline of Nov. 30 for fixing the broken site but the repair effort appears to be moving slowly.
Critics argue that the users deserve relief from the mandate penalty if they’re not able to easily purchase health coverage online.
“Healthcare should not be a burden on consumers, which is why we must delay the penalty for individuals,” Kirk said in a statement.