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The administration has shifted multiple deadlines of late, notably allowing consumers to sign up for coverage until Dec. 23 — instead of Dec. 15 — to gain coverage in time for January.

It also pushed back the start of individual enrollment for 2014 from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, or after the midterm elections.

Rep. Sam Graves, Missouri Republican and chairman of the House Small Business Committee, said that “another last-minute delay is just more proof that the law is unworkable and beyond the capabilities of the administration.

“If small firms failed to provide services this frequently, they would be fired,” he said.