Vice President Biden on Saturday urged uninsured Americans to make a new year’s resolution sign up for health coverage through the ObamaCare network before an upcoming deadline.
“Everyone is beginning to realize what millions of you already know – the Affordable Care Act is working,” Biden said during the White House’s weekly address. “And we’re just getting started. Because there are millions more of you who can get quality, affordable health care if you sign up before February 15th of this year.”
Biden is filling in for President Obama, who returns from vacation in Hawaii this weekend.
Those who do not have insurance must purchase it by Feb. 15 or they take a hit from the IRS – a fine of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher.
According to an analysis by the New York Times, the number of uninsured fell by roughly 25 percent in 2014 – or about eight million to 11 million people — including those who signed up for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the low-income program.