Hagan Calls For Obamacare Enrollment Extension


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.

“Everyone should be committed to making this work and making health care more affordable, and if that requires fixes, then we need to make those commonsense changes,” she said. “An extension would provide time to assess the extent of the problems and determine whether additional delays in the individual mandate are necessary.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) had first suggested Tuesday extending the enrollment period, though she didn’t specify a length of time, and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) endorsed that proposal Wednesday.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is working on a bill that would extend the mandate penalty for a full year.