Grimes Wants Health Reform Penalties Postponed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for fairness for Americans who have experienced technical difficulties in trying to sign up for health insurance coverage through the federal government's online marketplace.

Grimes said Thursday it makes sense to extend the March 31 enrollment deadline and postpone the $95 penalty for people who fail to meet that deadline for acquiring coverage.

Grimes, the Democratic front-runner in Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary race, is among a growing list of candidates expressing displeasure with the glitches that have plagued the federal website, preventing people from signing up. She said the deadline and penalties need to be delayed until the website issues are resolved.

Grimes is seeking her party's nomination to run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, an ardent critic of the health care overhaul.

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