Local Lawmakers React to Latest Obamacare Extension

Published 03/26 2014 10:14PM

Updated 03/27 2014 08:30AM

Obamacare open enrollment ends in five days, but some Americans will get extra time to finish their applications. The March 31st deadline to sign up for the exchanges has not changed. But, administration officials will give those who start the process by the month's end additional time if they run into trouble.

Federal officials say all Americans who have started to apply for insurance on healthcare.gov will have until mid-April to ask for an extension. 

The most recent statistics from Washington suggest five million Americans have signed up for Obamacare, including 65,000 Hoosiers.

House Speaker John Boehner criticized the extension Wednesday saying, ""The law says that enrollment stops at the end of March. That's what the law says. I've got to live by the law, you've got to live by the law, the American people have got to live by the law and guess what? The president needs to live by the law as well."

But, Senate Democrats say more time is necessary for people to sign up.

"And the joke I say to my dear friend John Boehner is him having more than 60 votes over there to terminate Obamacare. This is - I just think we are at a point now where it appears to be extremely disingenuous that they oppose anything that's good about Obamacare, anything that's good about this administration tries to do," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly's office said in a statement, "Senator Donnelly is focused on working with both Republicans and Democrats to make the health care law work better for Hoosier families and is supportive of efforts to make signing up for health insurance easier for people across Indiana."

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) said in a statement, "The latest Obamacare delay puts politics ahead of the rule of law and shows what Hoosiers already know: Obamacare's big government approach cannot work."

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) said in a statement, "It is clear that two things do not matter to President Obama - deadlines and red lines. Whether it is health care or foreign policy, this administration continues to show a lack of resolve that is baffling."

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