Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on President Barack Obama’s administration to extend the open enrollment period for Americans to sign up for the health insurance exchanges given the troubles users are experiencing attempting to navigate HealthCare.gov.
“The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states that are relying on the federally facilitated marketplaces are experiencing is incredibly frustrating and disappointing,” Shaheen wrote in a letter to Obama obtained by POLITICO.
“For over three years, we have been waiting for the creation of the health insurance exchanges, which now in their fourth week of existence, are riddled with problems,” she added.
In the letter, Shaheen asked the White House to clarify whether people will continue to face a tax penalty if they have not purchased insurance by March of 2014 should the problem’s with the website persist.
Shaheen joins Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who said he would support delaying the individual mandate to purchase health insurance contained within the ACA.
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