A health law extension has been granted by six weeks due to technical difficulties with American citizens signing up for Obamacare on its website. ABC News reports Oct. 29 that the Obama administration has approved a six-week extension, giving Americans more time to sign up for health care coverage before facing tax penalties. Prior to the extension, Americans had until mid-February to have health care.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., wrote a letter to President Obama Tuesday, urging him to allow a health law extension.
"I believe, given the technical issues, it makes sense to extend the time for people to sign up," Pryor said in a statement. "In addition, the administration should state clearly how the enforcement mechanism will work if people can't sign up in time."
Shaheen stated in her letter that people shouldn't be penalized for technical issues with the HealthCare.gov website. She added that "allowing extra time for consumers is critically important, so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll."
The report said that under the health law extension, people who sign up by the end of open enrollment won't be facing a penalty.