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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Ten Senate Democrats have signed a letter urging the Obama administration to extend Obamacare's open enrollment period beyond March 31.

The letter, which follows a similar letter that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent Tuesday to President Obama, doesn't say how long the extension should be. It is addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The signatories are: Shaheen, Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

Administration officials have told TPM that they are not actively considering an enrollment extension, though the administration is planning to move the enrollment deadline for avoiding the individual mandate penalty -- currently Feb. 15 -- to March 31.

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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) has added her name to the growing list of Democratic senators who support extending Obamacare's open enrollment period beyond March 31.

Hagan said in a Thursday statement that she supports a two-month extension. She also wants the law's individual mandate penalty waived for those two months.

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Federal officials acknowledged Thursday that HealthCare.gov wasn't tested enough in the time leading up to its Oct. 1 launch, shortly after software contractors told a House committee that they would have preferred to have more time for testing.

"Obviously, due to a compressed time frame, the system wasn't tested enough," Julia Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters in a conference call. "We're putting in place a much more robust testing system now."

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"We had no role..."; "It was not our position..."; "We had a limited view..."

If you were looking for someone to take the blame for HealthCare.gov's bumpy launch during the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight hearing Thursday, you were out of luck. Executives from the leading software companies behind the site deflected responsibility, emphasizing that they didn't have a final say over its launch -- that was the Obama administration -- and they had no way of knowing the full scale of its problems.

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During the House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on HealthCare.gov's launch, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) ripped the hearing as a "monkey court" used by his Republican colleagues to bash the Affordable Care Act.

He seized on a line of questioning from Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who suggested that the private health information of Americans was at risk because of the website's poor design.

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At the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight hearing Thursday on HealthCare.gov's troubled launch, an executive for one of the project's top software companies stressed to members that the insurance marketplace was a first-of-its-kind technological endeavor.

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Republicans aren't alone in their sharp critiques of HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout and assertions that changes are needed to the Affordable Care Act as a result. A growing group of congressional Democrats has started saying the same thing in the last few days, which could complicate things for the White House as it seeks to right the Obamacare ship.

The White House hopes to keep a unified Democratic caucus behind the health insurance marketplace, as Republicans seize on its problematic launch to call for changes to the ACA. But in the last few days, there have been signs of cracks in party unity.

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A group of health insurance CEOs is attending a White House meeting Wednesday with senior administration officials to discuss the problems with the launch of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces, Press Secretary Jay Carney said during a press briefing Wednesday.

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