(Bloomberg) -- As many as 6 million U.S. taxpayers will have to pay a penalty of as much as 1% of income because they went without health insurance in part or all of 2014, the Treasury Department said.

The penalty, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to encourage people to sign up for health insurance using the expanded options and financial assistance available under the law, known as Obamacare. The penalty would apply to about 2% to 4% of all taxpayers for 2014.

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