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White House sets new April 15 deadline for ObamaCare sign ups

The White House announced Thursday that April 15 will be the new deadline to sign up for ObamaCare. The two-week extension came after a series of technical glitches earlier in the week prevented people from filing new online applications.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 100,000 people were using the system on March 31 – the previous deadline to sign up for President Obama’s signature health care law.

"For those in line on the 31st, we encourage consumers to finish the process as soon as possible," Alicia Hartinger, spokeswoman at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in an e-mail to members of the media. "They must complete their enrollment by no later than the 15th for coverage this year."

Amid the return of technical problems, the roiling, years-long debate about enrollment numbers and practically every other aspect of President Obama’s health care law appears far from over in this politically charged election year.

The White House announced earlier this week that more than 7.1 million Americans signed up for private insurance plans since October 1 through the federal and state ObamaCare exchanges.