Nightly News   |  December 22, 2013

Late-stage Obamacare changes complicate process

Tomorrow is the enrollment deadline for health care coverage beginning in January, but changes to the health care plan have some confused. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> looming deadline that comes tomorrow for president obama 's health care law . it is the final day for most americans to sign up for coverage that begins january 1st . more on this tonight from our white house couldn't peter alexander who is traveling with the president in hawaii.

>> reporter: ahead of tomorrow's deadline for coverage beginning january 1st , a final push is online. this reminder from healthcare.gov and frs detail exchange, instead of regifting, why not give the gift that keeps on giving. health coverage. as anticipated, a last-minute spike in demand when we called today, close to a two-hour wait.

>> thank you for calling d.c. health link. your estimated wait time is 105 minutes.

>> reporter: in maryland this weekend, oliver mitchell breezed through.

>> i got a call yesterday saying i was approved. and i came in today to finish the application. i'm covered now.

>> reporter: threatening to complicate the process, a series of late administration changes.

>> these constantly changing the rules at the last minute causes tremendous amount of confusion for consumers and it creates uncertainty for a health plan .

>> reporter: meanwhile the heated political debate grows.

>> i think they ought to talk about health care and what we're for rather than continuing to talk about what we're beginning. look. obamacare right now causes people to spend more money, have less choice, have a higher deductible and have less freedom.

>> the president is working to fix it. we are working in the senate to fix it. we urge our republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.

>> reporter: while vacationing in hawaii, president obama is also considering fixes to how the u.s. gathers intelligence reviewing an independent panel's critical 300-page report. ? it is time to fundamentally reform the way they operate. the president's panel made that very, very clear.

>> reporter: today one panelist defended parts of the program.

>> we don't think we have significantly undermined the government's ability to protect the country. while at the same time we think we've enhanced privacy and civil liberties .

>> reporter: as for the proposals, president obama has said he will make a definitive statement about any reforms once he returns to washington early in the