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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama relaxes the deadline for the individual mandate

Bob Laszewski was right. WaPo:

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

Nudge nudge wink wink. Boy, I bet all the people who took the mandate seriously are feeling pretty stupid right now.

I don't know which I hate more: The administration's steady and deliberate destruction of the rule of law (this is happening in national security, as well), or how they encourage citzens consumers to ignore the law. The next step, I would imagine, is open corruption at the local, retail level: Slip an overworked Navigator twenty bucks so they'll say "You tried."

NOTE On the other hand, politically, the administration must now think it's hit some kind of enrollment target it can successfully spin.

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