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Rubio To Introduce Legislation To Delay Obamacare Individual Mandate

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says he’ll introduce legislation to delay the penalty that can be assessed on individuals who don’t buy insurance under the government’s new health care law.

The Florida Republican says people should not be punished for not buying the insurance when major technical problems have plagued the online sign-up process. Uninsured Americans have until about mid-February to sign up for coverage if they are to meet the law’s requirement that they be insured by the end of March. If they don’t, they will face a penalty.

“The reality of it is it’s unfair to punish people for not purchasing a product that they can’t purchase right now because the technology that’s in place … is not working,” Rubio said.

Rubio said on “CBS This Morning” show Tuesday that he still believes the health care law itself should be repealed.

“As weeks go on there’s going to be a look for a solution to this problem because it’s not fair to punish people for not buying something that’s not available,” Rubio told CBS News.

President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged technical problems that he described as “kinks in the system.”

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