President Obama is extending the March 31 Obamacare enrollment deadline, even though administration officials had repeatedly said they would not, according to the the Washington Post. The change will be announced Wednesday.
What’s more, the extension at this point appears fairly open ended and is, as a practical matter, available to anyone. People will have until mid-April just to indicate they want an extension, and there’s no decision yet on how long the extensions will last.
All anyone who wants an extension has to do is check a box affirming that they tried to enroll before March 31. But they’re on the honor system – the government won’t check out their claim.
In yet another Orwellian White House language twist, the extension is not even an extension: those who get more time enter what’s called a “special enrollment period.”
The White House is desperate to sign up more people, since enrollment is running at least a couple of million people behind the seven million officials hoped to have signed up by March 31. Particularly absent are the younger and healthier people whose money is needed to fund coverage for everyone else.