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Obama-Care Deadline Delayed – Until Mid-April

From the Washington Post:

Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

By Amy Goldstein, Published: March 25, 2014

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

The ‘honor system’ again. So, in reality, it’s an extension for anyone who wants it. Which is also what we predicted.

The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm. The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.

The change, which the administration is scheduled to announce Wednesday, is supported by consumer advocates who want as many people as possible to gain insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But it’s likely to be criticized by Republicans who oppose the law and have denounced the way the administration is implementing it.

Gosh, Republicans are venal. They will use any excuse to attack our young President.

And never mind the confusion and expense that this will cost the insurers who were hoodwinked into agreeing to handle Obama-Care. And never mind that they will have to increase their premiums even more to pay for these constant changes to the rules.

Administration officials said the accommodation is an attempt to prepare for a possible surge of people trying to sign up in the final days before the deadline. Such a flood could leave some people unable to get through the system…

Oh, our sides. Meanwhile, lest we forget. we promised there would be not more delays to the deadline:

First, via the Weekly Standard:

HHS: We Lack ‘Statutory Authority’ to Extend Deadline to Sign Up for Obamacare

By JOHN MCCORMACK | March 11, 2014

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services insisted that March 31 is the firm deadline to sign up for Obamacare. "We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period," HHS official Julie Bataille said. "In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014."  …

And then this, from the Politico:

Kathleen Sebelius: No more Obamacare delays

By BRETT NORMAN | March 12, 2014

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that there would be no delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate, the penalty for violating it or the March 31 closing date of the enrollment period, the strongest statement yet that the administration has no plans for more major changes to the law in the final weeks of the first sign-up period.

Asked by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) at a House hearing whether the administration would change its policy for enforcing the individual mandate after all the other delays, extensions and adjustments it has made to different provisions in the law, Sebelius bluntly replied, “No, sir.” …

But that was then, and this is now. And the internal polling is bad.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama-Care Deadline Delayed – Until Mid-April”

  1. Astravogel

    Kicking the political can is fast becoming a contender for an Olympic Event.

  2. Astravogel

    Honor System? From an Administration who wouldn’t recognize Honor if it bit them?

  3. canary

    Poor Drudge. Drudge paid his first small business penalty tax only to have an official White House
    spokesperson tweet that Drudge said a “flat out lie”.

    Washington forgot small businesses report quarterly. No apology was given when it would have only taken seconds to do and spread. The WH spokesman is too busy tweeting with Nancy Pelosi




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