There are growing indications the Obama administration will miss its self-imposed deadline to have the federal Obamacare online exchange up and running by Nov. 30. That’s on top of the lost month of October, during which technical problems kept all but a relatively tiny number of Americans from purchasing health coverage on the site.
Signs of further delay are clear. “We’re working to make as much progress as possible by Nov. 30, and quite frankly, beyond Nov. 30,” one source involved in the process told the Washington Post recently. “[Nov. 30] is a critical date, without question, but don’t think of it as an unveiling date. The goal is to make significant improvements by that day.”
Citing a “goal” to make “significant progress” is a far cry from an earlier pledge by Jeffrey Zients, the administration’s Obamacare fixer, that, “By the end of November, healthcare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.”