NBC News: White House Will Move To Delay Deadline For Having Insurance


On the Wednesday broadcast of NBC Nightly News, correspondent Tom Costello reports the White House plans to delay the individual mandate by as much as six weeks.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Good evening. We are starting off with breaking news out of Washington. After the debacle on the internet surrounding the rollout of Obamacare, we have learned tonight that because of the staggering computer problems, because of the millions of Americans who have tried the to line up coverage but have been turned away instead. The administration now intends to slide the deadline for the so-called individual mandate for health care coverage. Details of this are still coming in to us. We want to begin with NBC's Tom Costello, who has been covering it all since day one. He's in our D.C. newsroom tonight. Tom, good evening.

TOM COSTELLO: Hi, Brian, the White House tells NBC News it plans to move the deadline for individuals to be required to buy health insurance by as much as six weeks. As the law stands right now, to avoid a tax penalty, the uninsured need to start the application process -- start it -- by February 15. With this change, the administration is trying to allow people to start the enrollment process by March 31st to avoid any financial penalty. Meanwhile, the work to fix the website is a top priority.

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