Thursday, June 21, 2018

Obama: Enough have enrolled

WASHINGTON — Despite a disastrous start and relentless Republican opposition, President Barack Obama said Friday that enrollment in his signature health care program is high enough to make it stable for the millions who have signed up.

"We look forward to seeing more and more people take advantage as some of the politics of the thing get drained away, as people start feeling more confident about the website," the president told WebMD in his latest, less-than-conventional attempt to spread the gospel about the law known by his name.

Enrollment for the current year expires on March 31, and administration officials are hoping for a late rush of applications beyond the 4.2 million they claim have already signed up.

"The number of people who have signed up is large enough that I'm confident the program will be stable," he said.

RULES FOR GAY COUPLES: Acting to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples, the Obama administration said Friday that plans offering benefits for heterosexual couples must also provide coverage for married couples of the same gender.

The policy, posted online by the Department of Health and Human Services, takes effect next year.

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