Court Debates Obamacare, Deadline Extended Again
A top federal appeals court appears to be leaning against the president's healthcare reform law.
At least two of the three judges on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said they don't think the government can subsidize insurance premiums on exchanges run by Washington.
One of the judges called Obamacare an "unmitigated disaster," wondering if the law was too-poorly written to salvage.
"I know there's an absurdity principle, but is there a stupidity principle? If the law is just stupid, I don't think it's up to the court to save it," Judge A. Raymond Randolph said.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is extending the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline for those who started the process before the deadline, but can't complete it in time.
The White House needs to meet its goal of 6 million enrollees in healthcare exchange markets by March 31, but only about 5 million have enrolled so far.
It's unclear how many of those enrollees are among the millions who used to have insurance, but lost it because of Obamacare.
Critics also question whether the new sign-ups have actually completed the enrollment process and provided their first payment to their new insurer.
Meanwhile, a recent survey shows the HealthCare.gov website is slower than most, taking nearly nine seconds to load its home page.A leading private health insurance website takes about five seconds.