It’s official. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency in charge of www.Healthcare.gov, has moved the deadline for signing up from December 15 to December 23.
This was not announced on the web page of the organization. It was made by a conference call to White House reporters.
The newly appointed head of the project, Jeffrey Zients, who has been on the job for a month, assures the public that “soon” 50,000 people will be able to enroll at the same time. Soon. Any time now.
Previously, he had assured the public that the site will be functional by November 30. That is five days from now.
The agency says that it has no plans to move the deadline for imposing a tax for not having health care insurance beyond March 31, 2014. No plans at all.
So, put this in your files. This is the first time the government has moved back an ObamaCare official deadline. It is the first time that the government has said that it has no plans to move back the big one: tax day.