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Washington, DC, March 5, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed voted Wednesday to protect individuals and families from the Obamacare mandate penalty if they do not enroll in Obamacare this year. The Simple Fairness Act extends the delay the White House already awarded to big business to families and individuals. The bill passed the House Wednesday with bipartisan support.

“We’re simply asking that individuals and families are afforded the same relief from Obamacare that big businesses have now been afforded by the White House not once, but twice,” Reed said. “It’s clear the Administration is comfortable unilaterally changing its own health care law but what isn’t clear is why the White House won’t fairly extend that relief to individuals and families.”   

Under the current law, individuals who do not purchase health insurance under Obamacare face a fine of $95, or one percent of taxable income for 2014. In 2015, that fine is set to increase to $325 or two percent of taxable income. The Simple Fairness Act delays the individual mandate for one year so that individuals and families are not subjected to a fine. Reed says the delay is a simple issue of fairness.  

“We hear constantly from families of the roadblocks they are running into with the President’s health care law – from losing the plans and doctors they liked to paying higher premiums to seeing their hours and wages cut at work,” Reed continued. “It’s common sense to provide relief and protect against more money coming out of their paychecks. They deserve a fair solution that protects all, not just some, from having to pay the individual mandate penalty.”


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