Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced a bill Thursday that would delay the penalty in the portion of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," that requires everyone to have health insurance.
The bill, co-sponsored by Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, would delay the penalty associated with the individual mandate for one year.
"We need to start working together to fix this law and make it work so that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable health care coverage," Manchin said in a news release.
"We can start with a one-year delay of the individual mandate to eliminate penalty fees if individuals choose to not enroll for a health care plan in 2014."
This bill does not call for the delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to the news release.
The law requires nearly everyone to have health insurance. The penalty for noncompliance is $95, or 1 percent of a person's taxable income, whichever is greater, in the first year. In the second year, that jumps to $325, or 2 percent of a person's taxable income, whichever is greater.
Manchin's bill eliminates the penalty in the first year.The senator has repeatedly criticized the individual mandate.