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If Healthcare.gov Isn't Fixed By December, What's Obama's Plan B?

The Obama administration has 18 days to deliver on its promise to fix healthcare.gov by the end of November, in time for people to shop for health plans that take effect on Jan. 1. What if the site remains broken?

Some Democrats want to extend the open-enrollment period past March 31 and delay the penalties Americans will face—$95 or 1 percent of income—for going uninsured in 2014. Their reasoning is pretty straightforward: If the balky website hinders people who want to get covered, it’s not fair to penalize them.