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White House Deadline For Healthcare.gov A Mistake?

This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013. The beleaguered health insurance website has had periods of down times as as the government tries to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013. The beleaguered health insurance website has had periods of down times as as the government tries to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Federal health care exchanges are key to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, yet glitches with the healthcare.gov have kept millions of people locked out of the website. As administration officials frantically sought to recover from the negative publicity they told reporters they'd have it functioning by tonight at midnight. Officials say they're on target to meet tonight s deadline but Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says it was foolish to pick a random date.

"They shouldn't have created the deadline. It shouldn't mean anything. But once you say we'll have it done by Nov. 30, it takes on a life of its own and unfortunately they've done that," Moran said. 

D.C. and Maryland are running their own health exchanges, but uninsured Virginians are dependent on the federal health exchange.

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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

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