The White House unilaterally – and this time secretly – extended the Obamacare signup deadline again, giving consumers an extra day to choose a health care plan.
Instead of midnight tonight, everyone has until midnight Tuesday.
From the Washington Post:
Without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch.
Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace’s computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Why the secrecy? It appears the White House is worried the FIXED website won’t work right, and so they wanted to create a buffer. But it’s not clear.