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Megan McArdle

Obamacare's Never-Ending Fix-a-Thon

Obamacare's latest round of fixes puts a heavy burden on insurers.

The Department of Health and Human Services held a conference call for journalists this afternoon with Kathleen Sebelius and other members of the Obamacare team in which they announced yet another round of fixes. Most of them are aimed at folks who lost their insurance due to the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates and who, for one reason or another, have not yet completed a purchase on the federal health-insurance exchange. Here's what the administration is planning:

· Insurers will be required to accept payment for policies beginning Jan. 1 as late as Dec. 31, and they will be "encouraged" to accept payment after that. In response to a question, HHS says that at least one insurer, Aetna Inc., has agreed to take payments as late as Jan. 8.