…and delayed Obamacare for a year back when he gave them the chance in October?
Then they would not be having to explain this:
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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.”
Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time.
“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.
He was responding to the administration’s announcement on Tuesday evening that people who had begun the process of signing up for insurance through the federal exchanges would have until mid-April to do so, instead of March 31.
The Speaker called the move “another deadline made meaningless,” adding it to a litany of unilateral changes that the administration has made to the law.
“This is part of a long-term pattern of this administration manipulating the law for its own convenience,” Boehner said. “It’s not hard to understand why the American people question this administration’s commitment to the rule of law.”
I’ve got stories here. “Sebelius Says Mandate Won’t Be Delayed,”
and then another one: “On a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille said even if officials wanted to, her agency didn’t have the authority to delay the enrollment deadline. ‘We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period,’ Bataille said.
“‘In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.'” Sebelius says the mandate won’t be delayed; then Pfeiffer says it won’t be delayed. The spokesperson says, “[W]e don’t actually have the statutory authority to” do it, and yet last night they announced the delay.
But all of this is moot, the Democrats could not agree to the Ted Cruz delay of Obamacare because Health and Human SErvices Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made it absolutely clear to the Senate Finance Committee last November…
People’s lives depend on this
Apparently Democrat senators with their seats in peril depending on help trump the lives of any ordinary people.
If all of this give you a feeling on Deja-vu. It should.
Exit question: How much do you think the campaigns of vulnerable Democrat Senators up for re-election in November who are scared to death by Fl-13, Nate Silver and Celinda Lake would have paid to have this issue off the table till late Oct?
Update: I want to remind everyone what I wrote last October when the entire GOP was beating up on Cruz
Ted Cruz make a fight that the establishment shied away from. He took on a position for principle not popular with the media and public. He made that fight with lots of risks and little upside and pushed the media to the point where that media made absolutely sure that the entire country knew which party wanted to stop Obamacare and which party with one voice was dedicated to protecting Obamacare from repeal and or delay at all costs….
…right up until they weren’t….
…My exit question for Karl Rove & Company: How many millions of dollars from Big money donors would you have paid to put Democrats up for election in 2014 in such a spot?
Never forget GOP Senator Ted Cruz did this for you.
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