Conservative Review – Romano: If Senate Dems want a reprieve from Obamacare, they should repeal it

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The deadline for signing up for Obamacare has passed, and now 3 to 6 million uninsured will have to pay penalties under the law’s individual mandate, Administration officials say.

Each will have to pay the greater of either $325 or 2 percent of income. That could mean as much as $2 billion of fines doled out by the government, in addition to any fines from the 2014 tax year, Congressional Democrats complain.

“While many of the uninsured will receive exemptions from the fee, it will apply to an estimated 2 to 4 percent of taxpayers. After paying the fee, these individuals may seek to purchase [a plan] and avoid a similar fee for 2015, only to discover that the open enrollment window closed on February 15,” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and a group of Democrat senators wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell.

So, Congressional Democrats want Obama to grant a reprieve of the individual mandate to extend the sign-up period.

“[W]e encourage the Administration to create a special enrollment period to allow these uninsured individuals who did not purchase affordable coverage in 2014, and were thus subject to the individual responsibility penalty, another chance to purchase coverage for 2015,” the senators implore.

Whether or not the law provides for such a reprieve — the Administration has granted similar amnesties for the employer mandate and other penalties required by the law — the mistake of punishing Americans for not buying health insurance is becoming apparent even to Democrats who pushed for the law’s passage.

It’s the tax that nobody wanted.

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