The Obamacare plunge continues in a downward spiral. Reported at washingtonexaminer.com:
Everybody who was waiting for the pre-Thanksgiving Obamacare news dump can stop waiting.
The online exchange that was supposed to make it easier for small businesses to sign up for health insurance through President Obama's health care law has been delayed for a year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on an afternoon conference call.
According to CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille, the small business website now won't be available until December 2014.
HHS officials have repeatedly vowed that the feature, known as the SHOP exchange, would be available this November for the federal exchange, which serves residents of 36 states.
"The SHOP Marketplace for Federally-facilitated Marketplace states opens Oct. 1, 2013, when small employers can start the application process and get an overview of available plans and premiums in their area," an HHS press release from Sept. 26 read. "All functions for SHOP will be available in November and if employers and employees enroll by Dec. 15, 2013, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014."