What’s she done, exactly? Well, she’s asking the Obama administration to extend the open enrollment period:
From Sen. Shaheen’s letter to the president:
Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll.
Further, in light of the difficulties individuals may be having with enrolling through healthcare.gov, I ask that you clarify how the individual responsibility penalty will be administered and enforced. If an individual is unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems with enrollment, they should not be penalized because of lack of coverage.
And she’s not alone. Take a look at this:
Sen. Joe Manchin is also reportedly on-board with a delay:
B-b-but … it’s the law!
Or is it?
Sure is funny how that works.
Even if Democrats start showing more interest in a delay, they still have a lot to answer for:
Oh, we remember.
And we can learn from this. Amanda Carpenter, Sen. Cruz’s senior communications adviser, has a message for the Democrats — and for us:
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.