With the rollout of President Obama’s health care law plagued by technological problems, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on Friday that the administration is extending the date for individuals to enroll in health care plans. As things stood prior to the announcement, individuals who wanted to be covered by Jan. 1 had to pick a plan by Dec. 15. That date has now been pushed back to Dec. 23, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille announced on a conference call. The CMS technology team and outside contractors have been racing to make fixes to the Healthcare.gov federal insurance exchange website and its related systems to meet the goal of it working smoothly for a “vast majority of users” by Nov. 30. A reason for the urgency was that they wanted the website to be able to handle the expected post-Thanksgiving surge of individuals attempting to sign up for coverage by the end of the year.