Cassidy criticizes health insurance signup extension

Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-LA
Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-LA

WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB/AP) - Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-LA, commented Tuesday on the most recent health insurance enrollment deadline extension, saying it is the 29th delay of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The previous deadline to sign up was March 31, but President Barack Obama's administration announced Tuesday that people who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time.

"Not only is this the latest Obamacare delay without congressional authorization, but it comes less than two weeks after Secretary (Kathleen) Sebelius said there would be no delay in the enrollment deadline," Cassidy said in a written release. "Louisiana families are suffering from an unworkable and unpredictable healthcare system under this administration. No action by the president will fix this failed law. This shows again why we need to repeal and replace Obamacare with health care solutions that will work for Louisiana families."

Officials said the grace period will be available to people on the honor system, meaning applicants will have to attest that special circumstances or complex cases prevented them from finishing by March 31.

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