10 Senate Democrats Demand Obama Extend Obamacare Enrollment Period

10 Senate Democrats have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius urging the administration to extend the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act beyond the present March 31 deadline.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) all signed the letter requesting a deadline delay but they did not specify how long it should be.

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“Extending this period will give consumers critical time in which to become familiar with the website and choose a plan that is best for them,” the senators wrote. “Individuals should not be penalized for lack of coverage if they are unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems.”

A number of the signatories to this letter are Democrats facing reelection in the 2014 midterms. This week, CNN’s Dana Bash reported that all 16 Democrats seeking reelection next year would support a resolution that delays the enrollment deadline.

h/t TPM

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