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Maryland Grants Extra Time to Sign Up for Obamacare

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Good news if you live in Maryland and have been trying to buy Obamacare insurance through the state’s online exchange.

Maryland on Tuesday extended the sign-up deadline for people seeking coverage effective Jan. 1. Consumers there now have four additional days – until Dec. 27th -- to enroll in a plan. It is the first and only state to grant more time for the problem plauged program.

Residents also will now have until Jan. 15 to pay their first premium.

For the rest of the country, the federally-mandated deadline remains Dec. 23rd with premium payments due by 11:59 p.m. local time on Dec. 31st.

Just 3,700 people have selected a plan through Maryland’s state exchange since October.  The problems have been so bad that the state insurance commissioner resigned last week.

Nationwide, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the health care law remains widely unpopular, taking a toll on the approval ratings of both Democrats generally -- as the act was solely theirs to craft -- to President Obama in specific.

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