Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) – The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Three senior House members tell The Associated Press they plan to urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers facing fines this year.

The three are Michigan’s Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington and Lloyd Doggett of Texas.

The lawmakers are concerned constituents will find out about the penalties after it’s already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.

That means they could wind up uninsured for another year and owe higher fines in 2016.

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