With HealthCare.gov's problems piling up last week, a small coalition of Democratic senators formally urged the Obama administration to extend the deadline for enrolling in a health plan beyond March 31, 2014, which is when the enrollment period ends now. They said that, given the website's problems, an extension only makes sense. People should be given enough time to sign up for coverage.
The insurance industry is lobbying senators to give up that fight, saying that it would be bad actuarial policy. But there's another, more nakedly political element to the pitch: New higher rates for 2015 would become public right before the 2014 elections.
In other words, the message to lawmakers behind closed doors is: Be careful what you wish for.
Industry sources told TPM that those electoral considerations would be communicated to lawmakers in the coming weeks, though they declined to go on the record to talk about it.
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