The Obama Administration quietly mandated an extension of the "deadline" to get health insurance that would start on January 1 by one day, giving those without insurance the chance to use Healthcare.gov on Christmas Eve to try to find insurance.
Fat lot of good that a one-day deadline extension will do for Americans without insurance.
Healthcare.gov is still plagued by software problems, poorly-built infrastructure and a stunning lack of tech support. One of the original goals of Obamacare was to make sure - by mandate - that Americans would maintain "continuous coverage," so that they'd never lose insurance, even for a single day.
The website's problems yesterday were catalogued by Buzzfeed's Jon Passantino, who saw hours worth of errors before, late last night, receiving this email:
10 and 1/2 hours after first logging on, the email has arrived pic.twitter.com/XWODHCyQOa— Jon Passantino (@passantino) December 24, 2013
If Passantino got through, he was probably lucky, because at 11:30 p.m., the website was still down:
The errors have continued today:
This is the story of Healthcare.gov: Americans who have been kicked off their insurance plans by Obamacare's mandates now mandated to buy insurance themselves from a glitchy, broken website. Exemptions handed out by the Obama Administration to corporations and politically favorable constituencies, all while trying to pass the blame for problems on to insurance companies.