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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: States seek wiggle room on March 31 deadline

I hate to quote the Washington Times, but....

The White House insists it is sticking by the March 31 deadline for enrolling in Obamacare, but states are forging plans to try to find extra wiggle-room that could let Americans complete their sign-ups months after the “drop-dead” date passes.

Maryland’s health exchange this week announced a plan to let consumers who begin the process but fail to sign up by the end of March have extra time to complete their enrollment. Nevada’s exchange said Thursday it will consider a similar 60-day grace period.

And in Washington state, exchange spokeswoman Bethany Frey said customers prevented from enrolling by March 31 because of a system error will have their applications reviewed “on a case-by-case basis.”

The state efforts have not been blessed by the Obama administration, which flatly rejected the additional time.

“The deadline is March 31,” a Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman said.

But Matthew Lawrence, a fellow at Harvard Law School, said it’s no surprise the administration is talking tough now — though it ultimately might find a plausible legal basis to help people bypass the March 31 deadline.

“I expect the administration to wait before announcing any retroactive ‘fix’ for those who tried and failed for fear that an announcement before the deadline could give people a license to procrastinate,” he said.

Yep. Everybody and their sister got their deadlines shifted, so why not -- finally -- the poor schlubs who had to sign up for a defective product that's hard to buy and whose benefits vary randomly?

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