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Obama Admin. Announces Yet Another Health Care Delay

Americans who want their health insurance coverage to being on Jan. 1, 2014, will have one more week to enroll, White House officials announced Friday.

The original plan called for people to enroll in a health insurance plan through the Obamacare online exchanges by Dec. 15 for coverage to begin on New Year’s Day.

That deadline has now been moved to Dec. 23, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters Friday.

The extension comes at a time when the Obama administration scrambles to deal with the error-plagued healthcare.gov site, consumer outrage over canceled insurance plans and plummeting approval numbers.

Fifteen states that host their own health insurance exchanges and 36 states that depend on the federal exchange have also extraordinarily low levels of enrollment.

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