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Health-care sign-up deadline extended by 1 day

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 23, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

CHICAGO — Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health-care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

Julie Bataille, a spokesman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, said the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.

Monday was the deadline for Americans who wanted coverage that started on Jan. 1.

The federal HealthCare.gov system serves 36 states. Some other states have also extended enrollment deadlines slightly.

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Fdworfe says... December 23, 2013 at 9:24 p.m.

If The Affordable Care Act is not yet truly a permanent part of the American landscape, it soon will be. Call it a disease or call it a godsend, every day that it survives and signs up new members, it becomes one day stronger and more difficult to repeal. In its favor, the Tea Party wildies no longer have the clout or the collateral to cut it off at the knees. Republican moderates—those few that are left and still accede to that label—are hardly in a position to destroy anything that’s still warm and has a pulse. Regardless which Republican is unfortunate enough to get the next presidential nomination, he or she will be in no position to repeal Obamacare unless Hades starts freezing over much faster than expected. And oh yes, what isn’t much talked about during all this showdown, shutdown, fallout mess, American insurance companies are notorious for turning disasters into a profit. My guess is they’re exploring every possible angle how to turn this law into profits they had never before even hoped for. The conservatives certainly don’t want to upset that applecart, now do they?

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Zorr10 says... December 23, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.

The so called ACA will collapse on its own. People finally awakened and started paying attention to what a nightmarish disaster and "unaffordable" scam that is being thrust upon them. If the people couldn't afford insurance to start with, they surely cannot afford this train wreck called the ACA. Perhaps lower premiums, yes, but extremely high deductibles and co-pays puts it out of reach for middle income Americans that was hoped would pay for it. Also, the young has seen the light, so they aren't overly enthusiased about signing up.The poor and real low income workers can probably get on Medicaid, but that only adds to the expensive disaster. My personal opinion on the subject.

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