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Obamacare contractor: Enrollment will be OK by Dec. 15
« on: October 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »

Obamacare contractor: Enrollment will be OK by Dec. 15
 By POLITICO PRO STAFF | 10/24/13 10:47 AM EDT

The lead contractor for the website predicted today that people will be able to enroll en masse by Dec. 15 – a key date for those trying to get health coverage as soon as possible.

“We anticipate that the system, as we have seen, is improving day over day. … The system is working,” CGI Federal Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell told the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“People are enrolling [now] but people will be able to enroll at a faster pace … and people will be able to enroll by Dec. 15,” she said at the first hearing into the website’s botched launch.

If her timetable is right — and no new tech crises emerge — it wouldn’t be a worst-case scenario for the health law rollout. But it’s not a perfect one either, and it’s likely to add to the building pressure for the administration to at least extend the six-month sign-up season past its scheduled March 31 end.

For those who want to get covered at the very start of Obamacare health benefits — Jan. 1, 2014 — the signup deadline is Dec. 15. And the Obama administration hopes to get 7 million people in the exchanges by the end of March — which will be a lot tougher with enrollment so difficult in the first phase.

Some Democrats have called for pushing back signup deadlines — but not eliminating the individual mandate or putting off the start of coverage. Republicans have called for broader delays to the program.

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