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This Dec. 20, 2013, image shows part of the HealthCare.gov website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Policies will soon take effect in new health insurance markets that have been trying to enroll customers.
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This Dec. 20, 2013, image shows part of the HealthCare.gov website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Policies will soon take effect in new health insurance markets that have been trying to enroll customers.

To get health coverage in the New Year you need to sign up on health insurance exchanges by today, which has Republicans in the region calling for a delay.

In what was expected to be his last press conference of the year, President Obama told reporters last week that the low point of his 2013 was his signature domestic policy: so-called Obamacare.

It was a bumpy rollout for the health law as the insurance exchange website went live with a whimper, with screens freezing and the administration forced to bring in a fresh tech team to overhaul the site. Those weeks of glitches kept countless millions locked out of the site.

Republicans say the administration should delay the law as it continues to tweak the site and key components of the policy itself.

"Unfortunately there's no protection against the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, when they've sold us the snake oil, we're trying to fix it here in Congress, we have some antidotes, but unfortunately the Senate and the president aren't willing to take them yet," says Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith, who accuses Democrats of being stubborn.

The deadline to avoid getting a penalty for not having insurance is March 31, but if you want coverage in the New Year you need to sign up by today on either the District health exchange or federal exchange if you live in Virginia. Maryland has extended its deadline to Dec. 27.

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