Surprising only to really stupid people.
The Obama administration will extend the March 31 open enrollment deadline for people who say they tried to sign-up for coverage on the new healthcare exchanges but failed to complete the process on time.
“Open enrollment ends March 31,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters told The Hill in an email Tuesday evening. “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment – either online or over the phone.”
Those that try to sign up, but miss the March 31 deadline, can appeal for an extension that will allow them to complete the enrollment process into mid-April.
The Washington Post first reported the planned rule change, which federal officials will announce on Wednesday.
The administration did something similar at the end of 2013, when a flood of consumers sought last-minute coverage for the New Year. Back then, the website’s functionality was still in question, and there were fears that HealthCare.gov might not be able to accommodate the surge in traffic.
Two weeks ago lying liar Kathleen Sebelius categorically declared there would be no delay, which nobody believed at the time, for good reason.
Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, Ms. Sebelius said categorically that the administration would not delay the “individual mandate,” under which most Americans must have insurance or pay a tax penalty. In addition, she said that officials would not extend the six-month open enrollment period, scheduled to end on March 31.
It’s like she drew an imaginary red line or something. Meanwhile, speaking of stupid people, the hapless White House spin kids were out in force Tuesday night haplessly flailing away:
Administration's working to make #ACA work in best way possible for all Americans. GOP objections to that are very telling, not a good look.
— Jesse Lee (@jesseclee44) March 26, 2014
Yes, moving immovable deadlines is OK, questioning that is not a good look or something.