Administration Grants More Time to Enroll for Health Care

By CBS News

Published 03/26 2014 08:44AM

Updated 03/26 2014 10:29AM

The deadline for signing up for federal health insurance is Monday. If you haven't done it yet.. you now have more time. The White House is giving some people who are in the process of applying for health care under the Affordable Care Act, a reprieve.

"Get on the website, spread the word"
President Obama has promoted the Affordable Care Act over and over.  "Get on the website, spread the word."

But time is running out and the program remains short of its goal of signing up 6 million people.   Tuesday, the Obama Administration said it's giving extra time for some folks to sign up. 
The grace period is meant for those who tried to apply but couldn't, because of technical problems with healthcare dot gov.   
Some Republicans hoping to repeal the law have been high-lighting its problems heading into November's midterm elections.
"Take Obamacare. I think it's clear to just about everybody, maybe except the President, that it's just not working," claimed Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) during comments on March 8, 2014.

The White House says had  more than 1 million visitors Monday.   The administration hopes the grace period will prevent a last minute rush that could crash the site.

The White House isn't saying how long the extension will last, but there is talk of an April 15 deadline, to allow people to put their tax refunds towards health care premiums.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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