Obama admin extends states’ insurance-exchange deadline, again

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that they’re extending the deadline by which states need to report whether or not they’ll be participating in setting up their own state-specific health insurance exchanges, through which people will be able to shop for ObamaCare-approved insurance plans and apply for tax subsidies toward the cost of premiums (the states’ other options are forging a partnership with the federal government, or just letting the federal government take control of the whole kit and caboodle). The deadline was already extended once to today, but Health and Human Services pushed it back another month until December 14th since many states are still in quite the pickle about the whole thing — and plenty are leaning toward just letting the federal government pick up the pieces. Byron York summarizes why: