WASHINGTON Oct 23 The Obama administration
should focus on fixing problems with the launch of
government-run online health care insurance exchanges instead of
delaying an enrollment deadline for the program, U.S. House of
Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on
"I think we should be able to go forward. I'm more
optimistic than that. I have faith in technology and while there
are glitches, there are solutions as well," Pelosi, a California
congresswoman, told reporters.
Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of
Florida told MSNBC that she believed there "should absolutely be
an openness" extending the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, on
Tuesday wrote President Barack Obama to urge him to extend the
open enrollment period past March 31, 2014. The 2010 Affordable
Care Act, known as "Obamacare," is expected to provide health
coverage to an estimated 7 million uninsured Americans through
online marketplaces that opened for enrollment in all 50 states
on Oct. 1.
Shaheen suggested extending open enrollment to "provide
greater flexibility for the American people seeking to access
health insurance." Shaheen also asked the White House, in light
of difficulties with the Healthcare.gov website, to clarify how
one provision of the law - that all Americans obtain health
insurance or face a tax penalty starting next year - will be
administered and enforced.