The Obama administration issued yet another delay to the president’s signature health care law Monday — this time, offering an extra day’s grace period for people to finish signing up to ensure they have coverage Jan. 1, when the mandate requiring all Americans to have insurance takes effect.
It is the latest in a string of White House delays and shifts to make sure Americans do not face a coverage gap after an estimated 5 million to 6 million people lost plans that did not meet the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements.
The White House also revealed that Mr. Obama beat the deadline and signed up for a lower-tier “bronze” plan on the D.C. health care exchange in advance of the Monday deadline, a move that is largely symbolic because, as commander in chief, he will receive employer-sponsored health insurance from the military.
President Obama, vacationing with his family in Hawaii, reportedly did not sign up in person, even though the D.C. health care exchange where he registered could not obtain key personal information needed to complete the process. White House staffers did the work for Mr. Obama over the weekend.
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