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Boehner on health-care extension: ‘What the hell is this, a joke?’

John Boehner didn't mince words when addressing news that the White House will give extra time to people who say they can't enroll in the federal health-care marketplace by March 31. Asking for extensions will be done on the honor system.

"What the hell is this, a joke?" Boehner asked.


He said the extension is another administration-added loophole to the law.

"Listen, this is part of a long-term pattern of this admininstration manipulating the laws for its own convenience," Boehner said. "It’s not hard to understand why the American people question this administration’s commitment to the rule of law."

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, provided a rebuttal to Boehner on Twitter.


In an email, HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said the site is experiencing close to record volume.

"The law is the law. Consumers need to know the deadline is March 31. But just like on Election Day, if you are in line when we close, you get to enroll," she said. "We're not going to turn people away who tried and couldn't complete their enrollment."


This post has been updated with Peters's statement.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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