Jay Carney: Administration Won't Delay Obamacare

Friday, 01 Nov 2013 01:26 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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White House press secretary Jay Carney gave a definite "No" when asked Friday whether the administration was considering a delay in Obamacare due to the website rollout problems.

"No. The answer is no," Carney said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"There is a six-month enrollment period for a reason. That gives a substantial amount of time, and a longer period than normal for insurance programs."

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Six months will be enough time to ensure the Obamacare website is working and enabling people to enroll, Carney explained.

"That will give the time we need to make sure the website is functioning properly and make sure we get to the end purpose here, which is to give the American people affordable, quality health insurance," Carney said.

Young people will likely wait until the last minute to enroll in Obamacare, Carney predicted. Participation by young, healthy people is considered crucial to the viability of making the program financially successful, The Washington Post reported.

"If there is a silver lining to this, it was always the case, no matter how good the website was going to be. Young Americans would be the last group to sign up," Carney said. "That's the way young folks are going to operate."

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