WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top healthcare adviser told a Senate oversight committee on Wednesday that delaying the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare is “not an option,” despite the troubled rollout of the federal website, HealthCare.gov.
“Delay is not an option. We are still at the beginning of a six-month open enrollment that ends at the end of March, and there’s plenty of time to sign up for the new plans,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate Finance Committee.
Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called for an extension of the enrollment period for uninsured people to sign up for subsidized health coverage, worrying that problems with the healthcare website could continue to prevent access to coverage.
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