More are insured, but many opt to take penalty instead

The Obama administration says the number of new enrollees on the federal health insurance exchange is up 29% year-over-year, but insurers say they are concerned about the number of people who decide to pay a tax penalty rather than purchase coverage. Cost and lack of options are among the reasons people say they have decided to forgo health insurance. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/3)