"Another day, another Obamacare delay," said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as GOP lawmakers expressed their frustration with the latest delay to the President's health reform law. […]House Majority Leader is one of those apparently wondering:
Officials said last night that the deadline has not changed, that it remains March 31—but if individuals need extra time to finish their applications, they will get that, a distinction without a difference for critics of the health reform law. […]
For those wondering—in §1311 of the health law, the HHS Secretary is given the power to set dates for enrollment—so there is your legal underpinning for any date change.
D'oh. I guess that's what Cantor gets for not actually, you know, reading the law.
And, by the way, this isn't the first time an administration has extended a health care deadline: "With pressure mounting to extend next Monday's enrollment deadline for the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the Bush administration took another small step in that direction Tuesday, waiving penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late."