Hagan, Other Senate Dems Up for Reelection Call for Extended Obamacare Enrollment Period
2:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.
"The problems surrounding the federal exchange for the Affordable Care Act are absolutely unacceptable," said Hagan in a statement. "North Carolinians are frustrated that they haven't been able to enroll in health insurance plans, and I am just as frustrated. Today I am asking the Administration to extend the open enrollment period by two months, and waive the penalty for the individual mandate for the same period of time, to make up for time that is being lost while the website for the federal exchange is not functioning."
Joining Hagan's call for a delay are other Democrats in the Senate who are up for reelection next year and who voted for the law. That group includes Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Meanwhile, another red-state Democrat running for Senate next year in Georgia has said the individual mandate should be delayed. Michelle Nunn, a businesswoman and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, called for Congress to "postpone the insurance penalty" associated with Obamacare. Here's the statement provided to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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