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For health coverage starting Jan. 1, deadline extended a day

Has the White House righted the Obamacare ship after a troubled launch?

By Money Staff Dec 23, 2013 2:51PM

This post comes from Christopher Weaver at partner site The Wall Street Journal.

 

Federal officials delayed the deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage through the end of Christmas Eve, people familiar with the matter said.

 

The deadline was originally set for midnight on Dec. 23, but contractors managing the site changed configurations to allow users to sign up for the first wave of health-law coverage through Dec. 24, people familiar with the matter said.

 

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"Anticipating high demand and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who select a plan through tomorrow will get coverage for Jan 1," Julie Bataille, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service's Office of Communications, said in a statement.

 

The extension was needed in part because technical problems continue to limit the volume of users that can navigate the site at once, and officials worried people attempting to sign up Monday might not be able to do so. The site has had a record day, with more than 1 million visits by midmorning, federal officials said on Twitter.

 

Consumers seeking coverage should attempt to sign up today anyway, Ms. Bataille said. "If you are aiming to get coverage January 1, you should try to sign up today."

 

News of the change was earlier reported by the Washington Post.

 

The change follows weeks of last-minute policy shifts for the administration. Last week, for instance, with only days before the enrollment deadline, the Obama administration said people whose plans were canceled would be exempted from a requirement that people buy coverage or pay a fee next year.

 

The late changes have rattled insurers and left some customers uncertain what options are available to them. Some health insurers say the changes could undermine their market by obscuring their ability to predict business risks and set prices accurately.

 

Consumers can sign up for 2014 health plans until March 31, but the January launch date will give a first taste of new private health plans available under the law. The law is ultimately expected to cut the number of uninsured by 30 million.

 

But initial sign-up tallies are expected to fall far short of expectations: Only 365,000 people nationwide navigated through technologically troubled online marketplaces to enroll in private plans in October and November. On Friday, President Obama told reporters a million more had enrolled in the first weeks of December, but the totals still fall short of a 3.5 million-enrollee target for the private plans by the year's end.

 

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19Comments
Dec 23, 2013 3:17PM
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THIS PRESIDENT THINKS HE IS A MONARCH !

THE LAW CLEARLY STATES THE IMPLEMENTATION DATES.

IT IS THE PRESIDENTS  JOB TO ENFORE THE LAWS, HE SWORE AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION,""SO HELP ME GOD "" 

ANOTHER LIE !!!!!!

Dec 23, 2013 4:26PM
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BRENT

2 MILLION  ???????     LOL 

TRY 938,000   AS OF THIS AM ON MSNBC     LOL

JUST  FUDGE THOSE NUMBERS

WHICH PLAN ??? THE OH $HIT ,,,,,I DON'T GET SICK PLAN  WITH THE $10,000.00 DEDUCTABLE  ?????
Dec 23, 2013 3:45PM
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why is Obama forcing obamacare, to help people who can afford healthcare? if they can or can't afore

 

 healthcare so be, it's up to them on how they budget there money. 

Dec 23, 2013 3:20PM
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to just offer cash for a vote and do away with the bribes for votes we have now?


dropping kids at union K12 daycare, ebt, obamacare, medicare, Medicaid, ss, section 8, wic and on and on and on

Dec 23, 2013 3:35PM
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How many additional extensions before its actually implemented? I would bet the dems would like it to take effect after the next presidential election so they can tell us how wonderful it is. Yet they and their financial supporters continue to be exempted.
Dec 23, 2013 3:19PM
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FROM THE BOOK OF  AXELROD
CHAPTER 2
THE BIRTH OF A MESIAH
In those days a decree went out from Washington DC, that the U S A  should be taxed. This was the 1st enrollment when SEBELIUS  was governor of the Affordable Care Act. So all went to be enrolled each to his own Website. And SOROS  went up from Greece to the town of Washington to the City of DC called MONEY BAGS because he was  of the House of the Federal Reserve. Soros  declared we needed a new Messiah. While they were there the time came for DC to give birth to a new  child  a firstborn son.
 He  wrapped him in swaddling clothes and gave him the gift of rhetoric, and babble. He was born in the Holiday Inn because there was no room at the Hilton.
 Now there were CONGRESSMEN in the field keeping watch over their flock. The angel of PELOSI appeared to them and the glory of REID shone upon them and they were struck with great  Fear. Pelosi said unto them to not be afraid , BEHOLD I proclaim to you  great news of joy that will be for all people. For today the city of DC a Savior is born for you who is the Messiah,OBAMA
 This will be assigned to you you will find the anointed one WRAPPED in swaddling clothes and living at  The WHITE House. There was a multitude of heavenly host with Angels saying
 GLORY  be to Obama in the highest
 On earth peace to those to whom his favor rests
THE SHEPHERDS VISIT
  When the Senators went away from them back to DC, the Congressman said to one another  let us go to DC to see this thing which is taking place. So they went in haste and found REID AND PELOSI  the new  born Obama  lying in the Holiday Inn. When they saw this they've made known the message that had been told about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told by the Senators. Then the congressman returned glorifying and praising Obama for all they had heard and seen just as it had been told to them.
 Days later the 3 Kings of the FEDERAL RESERVE  arrived  to pay homage to the new Messiah, they were BERNANKE,YELLEN.AND TARULLO. THEY LAID GREAT GIFTS of Q E  at his feet and proclaimed him to be the One 
Dec 23, 2013 3:45PM
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OOOOOOOOO Wow...a whole day.... impressive democrats are soooo generous! Must be trying to get votes...LMAO!
Dec 23, 2013 3:59PM
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"Anticipating high demand..."????? Seriously??? WTF is wrong with politicians?????

High demand my a**!!!!!!! If anybody buys into that load of crap, then I've got some wonderful beach-front property in Montana I'm giving away.

Dec 23, 2013 7:19PM
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The website is being overwhelmed when 3 are trying to sign up all at once, So we need a delay in the signup deadline.
Dec 23, 2013 9:12PM
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OBAMA  SIGNS UP FOR HEALTHCARE      R O T F L M A O                
 DID HIS  SS# CAME BACK AS INVALID 
BARRY SOETORO  MAYBE ??   

WHEN DOES HE GIVE UP HIS PERSONAL PHYSICIAN  ??         R O T F L M A O 


HE AND THE OTHER SCUM BAGS THAT DEALT THIS HAND NEED TO PLAY IT   !!!!!!!!!!
Dec 23, 2013 11:42PM
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JOHN 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Dec 23, 2013 5:33PM
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Republicans?  Democrats? Oh yeah, the old names for The Haves and Have Nots.
Dec 23, 2013 4:46PM
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douch:I`m sorry your life isn`t as good as mine.My life is 1000% better in the last 5 years.I retired

with a nice pension and have doubled my money thanks to Obama`s stock market.I don`t have to read about the unfunded wars clowns like Bush started to try to unite the little people on.Apparently

you fell hook,line and sinker for his lies.I like peace and prosperity.

Dec 23, 2013 4:34PM
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CL:The actual number is over 2 million who`ve signed up for Obamacare.You should try reading from many sources like I do.I even read garbage publications like The Weekly Standard and Newsmax.

Those 2 are just for laughs because the Repubs have to lie since that can`t win issues by telling

the truth.Rush is your hero.I got a laugh when he lied about Stephanie Miller repeatedly the

other day.At the end of his rant he said"But she is a babe".No wonder so many women have

turned gay because of guys like him.

Dec 23, 2013 4:24PM
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It`s nice to hear some of the 2 million people who have signed up for Obamacare say

"I`m saving over $300 a month with Obamacare".Of course, Republicans arn`t big

enough to admit that.

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