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Heitkamp: Delay health insurance mandate penalties

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

FARGO (KFGO-AM) - Senator Heidi Heitkamp has joined a growing number of Democrats who are considering a possible delay on imposing penalties for people who haven't purchased health insurance.

Some Democrats and Republicans want to extend the sign-up deadline because of widespread problems with the government's health care website. Heitkamp says she’s discussing the possibility of supporting legislation for a delay, but has made no firm decision as of yet.

A spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven says Hoeven would support delaying the healthcare mandate. Minn. Sen. Al Franken says it's too early to extend the signup period.