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Health care fines press some as deadline nears

Posted: 11:44 AM, Jan 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-26 16:44:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year, as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Fines for being uninsured could average nearly $1,000 per household in 2016, according to one independent estimate.

That's forcing uninsured people in their 20s and 30s to take a hard look to see whether they can squeeze in coverage to avoid penalties. Many are still trying to establish careers.

Christopher Rael (Rah-EL) of Los Angeles says you can cut down a ramen-noodle diet only so far. In his late 20s, Rael is pursuing a degree in sociology and working at a children's center to pay the bills.

Jan. 31 is the deadline to enroll and avoid fines.