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About 19 percent of individuals buying health plans on the ACA’s exchanges may have only one insurer option for next year. (Photo: AP)

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Republican lawmakers are calling for an exemption to Obamacare’s penalties for people who don’t have health coverage if they live in places where insurers offer only one, or no, plans.

Six Republican senators introduced a bill called the “Protection from Obamacare Monopolies Act” that would exempt individuals who lack choices from the Affordable Care Act’s insurance coverage mandate next year.

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