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Obamacare deadline extended

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MYFOXNY.COM/AP - The federal government announced Monday that it had extended the midnight deadline to sign up for heath insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Consumers who did not want to experience a gap in their medical coverage beginning January 1, 2014 now have until midnight Tuesday to enroll.

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.

'Obamcare' advocates are keeping a close eye on the deadlines.

"There are a lot of good thing in Obamacare that people like and the more people see that the more positive it's going to be," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY.)

"Obamacare right now causes people to spend more money, have less choice, have a higher deductible and have less freedom," said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK.)

The enrollment numbers are growing.

"More than 1 million Americans have selected new health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces," said President Barack Obama.

The federal HealthCare.gov system serves 36 states. Some other states have also extended enrollment deadlines slightly.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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