Americans now have an additional six weeks in which to enroll for a government-mandated healthcare plan without incurring penalty charges.
In the wake of ObamaCare’s rising unpopularity and a website that does not function for the vast majority of users, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed Monday that the enrollment deadline has been extended to March 31. Last week, Carney indicated the administration would work to fix the litany of issues plaguing healthcare.gov.
After sending Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on a whirlwind tour to put a positive spin on the site’s malfunctions, the Obama administration apparently decided damage control was not working.
With the deadline pushed back from the February date originally set, those forced to purchase a more expensive and less effective policy will have a little longer to do so. Considering the amount of time some potential buyers have wasted attempting to enroll, however, the additional weeks still might provide enough time.
When congressional Republicans sought an extension as part of a compromise to continue funding the federal government in lieu of an actual budget, the left roundly disparaged them for it. The same sources now say such a reprieve is in the best interest of everyone involved.
This move further illustrates the general consensus among leftists that any conservative idea is automatically wrong until Barack Obama claims he’s the one who thought of it.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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