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Clock ticks for last-minute health care applicants

Extensions are available to those who attempted to apply before the deadline Monday night. (Source: MGN) Extensions are available to those who attempted to apply before the deadline Monday night. (Source: MGN)
For those who didn't apply at all, penalties will be applied. For those who didn't apply at all, penalties will be applied.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On the last day to officially sign up for health care coverage through the federal health exchange, folks continued to experience problems. Despite this, there was no shortage of people from North Alabama logging on.

Just about every day for the last week or so, there have been opportunities for people in North Huntsville to get help signing up. At times, lines were out the door. But the website's problems, along with different deadlines, left some people confused.

Monday's deadline was pushed back several times in the past, and there is also a two-week extension on the books for people who at least attempt to sign up – "attempt" being the key word. Healthcare.gov has had its share of problems, including Monday morning, when the website was down for about four hours.

Certified Application Specialist Russ Barnwell said anyone who makes an effort to sign up by midnight will avoid penalties of less than $100 per person this year. That penalty will grow to about $700 per person by 2016.

While 6 million have reportedly signed up for coverage, Congressman Mo Brooks predicted the shine will wear off.

Brooks said it could take as little as one election cycle for the American people to vote through enough representatives who could then repeal Obamacare.

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