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Hagan: Obamacare website issues 'unacceptable'

Posted October 23, 2013
Updated October 24, 2013

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— North Carolina's Democratic U.S. senator, Kay Hagan, took to Twitter Wednesday night, calling problems with federal website related to insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act "unacceptable."

"I support extending open enrollment so NC families have time to shop for insurance plan right for them," she posted on the social networking site.

Hagan is among a growing number of frustrated Democrats lamenting about persistent problems with the new health insurance website.

Earlier Wednesday, the Obama administration acknowledged the problems, saying the site didn't get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of correcting major computer snags but provided no timetable on a fix.

The White House also signaled a change underway in the timeline for signing up for coverage.

Consumers have until Dec. 15 to apply for coverage that's effective Jan. 1.

Even though open enrollment lasts until March 31, people would face a penalty if they postpone buying coverage beyond mid-February.

Calling that a "disconnect," the White House said officials will soon issue policy guidance so that if consumers sign up by the end of March they will not face a penalty.

No action from Congress is needed to make that happen, the White House said.

The website's troubled debut was overshadowed by the partial government shutdown that started the same day the website went live.

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  • dmccall Oct 25, 2013

    Oh, NOW you want it delayed.

  • glarg Oct 24, 2013

    Kay Hagan is interested in being 'in' with the Pelosi/Reid crowd and not representing the people of North Carolina. She is totally ineffective as a Senator.

  • ecu4me2 Oct 24, 2013

    Sorry but Sen.Hagan has been so true to the party she has forgotten the people of NC

  • Danny22 Oct 24, 2013

    So the Obama rubber stamp has finally found something she doesn't like about the Obama administration? Too late, now.

  • officebox Oct 24, 2013

    It isn't just the website Kay, it's the law that's messed up. Why don't you pick 100 random NC residents and compare their rates now and under ACA. Some of us are going to have to go without health insurance for the first time in our lives.

    Now the same group who has ruined the healthcare system for everyone wants to come up with laws to address immigration? Are you kidding me? D or R, it doesn't matter. If you voted for ACA or Immigration reform that offers citizenship, you will never get my vote. I don't have a political party anymore. The party I vote for is me.

  • meeper Oct 24, 2013

    Hagan is a wacko liberal who must go in the midterm elections. She supported Obamacare knowing that it will destroy our country and economy. She ran in the election as a moderate, but voted as a socialist Obama clone. We cannot afford another massive government program. Where is the money coming from? Wake up America! Vote this woman out, and demand that Obamacare be repealed. We've been lied to about the true costs that Obamacare will inflict on us and our families.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Oct 24, 2013

    If Kay Hagan is now saying she wants to extend the deadline for signing up why didn't she side with the republicans which would have helped avert the shut down because one of the republican proposals was to delay the obama care start for one year which the dems said no to. I am not a democrat nor am I a republican, I am an American.

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 24, 2013

    Your time is almost up, you will not be able to hurt us after you loose the mid term elections.

    You voted for the ACA, We the People of NC did not want it, that was our voice and you told us what we could do with our voice.

    You are against the Constitution & Bill of Rights, you are loyal to Obama, not the people that elected you

  • lec02572 Oct 24, 2013

    What's unacceptable are those who voted for this law in the first place. See ya in November.

  • Wendellcatlover Oct 24, 2013

    No, No, No, Kay Hagan! You voted for this catastrophe, now you have to own it. You and Obama both. The only difference is, Obama has nothing to lose. He can't be voted out of office for his stupidity...you can, and will be!

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