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Oregon Dem: Governor Should Tell Obama 'I Have the Right' to Extend Obamacare Deadline

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | March 20, 2014 | 12:33 PM EDT

Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) is having a little buyer's remorse concerning Obamacare, especially since his state's health care exchange continues to be embroiled in technical problems.  Besides saying that one would be foolish to trust a website for information on a subject as sensitive as health care, Rep. Schrader introduced a bill to extend the enrollment deadline (via Statesman Journal):

Schrader's bill would apply to 15 states that built their own exchanges to comply with the law, which is also known as Obamacare. The measure, which has no co-sponsors, would also delay penalties for people who fail to sign up for coverage by March 31, when this year's open-enrollment period ends.

Gov. John Kitzhaber seeks an extension from the Obama administration to get Cover Oregon up and running. Schrader's proposal would codify the governor's request.

But, Rep. Schrader also says Oregon's governor has the authority to extend the deadline and should do so - even if Pres. Obama won't sign his (Rep. Schrader's) bill:

"Uh, I think that I would say to the President of the United State: make my day. If I'm John Kitzhaber [Governor of Oregon], I say I'm going to extend the dang deadline; I think I have the right to do that. And, our governor has had more experience in health care than probably any other governor put together in this country. I'd say I'm going to extend this deadline; I think I have the authority to do so."

The Obamacare deadline for health insurance is March 31st.


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