On Monday, administration officials continued to encourage uninsured and under-insured Americans to enroll in Obamacare by midnight and said those who sign up before Christmas Day would be eligible for coverage starting January 1. “Anticipating high demand and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who select a plan through tomorrow will get coverage for January 1,” Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement. She was echoed by White House spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, who warned that waiting until Tuesday to start enrolling in Obamacare would be risky. “People should not think that they can get on the website (Tuesday) for the first time and try to enroll,” Palmieri said in an interview on MSNBC. “That would be a dangerous thing to do.” In a mid-morning Twitter post on Monday, HealthCare.gov touted “a record day so far.” “Thousands visiting and enrolling now. Queuing deployed to help keep site smooth for users,” the post said, referring to a system that sends users to an online “waiting room” when web traffic runs high. “There is definitely a rush!” said Lauren Banks of AIDS Alabama, part of Enroll Alabama, one of dozens of “navigator” groups that is helping people sign up for coverage.
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ObamaCare botch fuels Dem feud in Maryland
(Joe Raedle, Getty Images / December 22, 2013) Related This week’s Scott Stantis Cartoon Caption contest December 24, 2013 If you were marauding at the mall last week, you may have missed yet another full-scale federal retreat from Obamacare, that massive lump of coal in the stockings of millions of Americans. If you were out and about Monday, you may have missed, yes, one more last-minute delay for this increasingly wobbly law. The retreat: Just days before the deadline for people to choose coverage to begin Jan. 1, the administration announced that millions of people whose individual policies had been canceled because of Obamacare could qualify for a “hardship exemption.” Note that the hardship is … conditions created by Obamacare itself. That means those people could buy lower-cost catastrophic insurance coverage, which had been mainly reserved for those under 30.
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Gov. Anthony Brown.AP ADVERTISEMENT The botched ObamaCare rollout that has given Republicans a hammer going into the 2014 election cycle is now splitting Democrats in deep-blue Maryland, as the problems become political fodder for next year’s gubernatorial race. Despite Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin OMalley being among the first to embrace the Affordable Care Act and create an online exchange, the state-run site has had a disastrous start, like the federal exchange. This has left gubernatorial frontrunner and Lt. Gov.
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