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Feinstein, Senators Call For Open Enrollment Extension
Feinstein.Senate.Gov ^ | October 25, 2013 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Posted on 10/25/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Washington – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, a coalition of U.S. Senators is calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.

“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans,” read the letter signed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). “Our constituents are frustrated, and we fear that the longer the website is not functional, opportunities for people to log on, learn about their insurance choices, and enroll will be lost.”

The full text of the Senators’ letter is below:

(Excerpt) Read more at feinstein.senate.gov ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: failure; feinstein; obamacare; rinocare
SEN. FEINSTEIN'S EMAIL TO ME, OCTOBER 22, 2013:

Dear Mr. Olde:

Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding health reform. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health reform legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The ACA creates important new benefits for health insurance consumers, expands access to care, and protects Medicare while reducing the federal deficit.

The ACA makes it easier for people to shop for health insurance plans and protects consumers from some of the most egregious abuses by health insurance companies. For example, the law prohibits insurers from denying coverage, charging higher premiums, or refusing reimbursement for the millions of people who have pre-existing health conditions like cancer, diabetes, or asthma. The law also stops insurance companies from setting annual or lifetime limits on coverage, allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, and requires new insurance plans to cover preventive health care such as mammograms and diabetes screenings without a co-pay.

Under the ACA, individuals who get insurance through an employer or Medicare can continue to receive this coverage. In addition, the law creates new health insurance marketplaces through which individuals who do not have access to affordable insurance or who want to explore new insurance options can shop for coverage. California's health insurance marketplace is known as Covered California, and is online now at CoveredCA.com. On this website, individuals can compare plans, find out if they qualify for subsidies to reduce the cost of coverage, and enroll in a plan of their choice. For your information, I have attached a fact sheet that provides more information about Covered California and the Affordable Care Act.

Although I support the many new consumer protections and preventive health benefits created as part of the Affordable Care Act, I recognize that the law remains controversial. Please know that I have made note of your views and will keep them in mind as I continue to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Should have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein United States Senator

1 posted on 10/25/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No way.

ITS THE LAW!!!!!!


2 posted on 10/25/2013 5:13:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Let me guess... they want to delay everything until... after the next election cycle.


3 posted on 10/25/2013 5:16:25 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: cripplecreek

Silly Cripplecreek, laws are arbitrary to Democrats!


4 posted on 10/25/2013 5:17:11 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein ...
(clearing throat) It’s the law of the land.
So, up Chuck and Di!


5 posted on 10/25/2013 5:17:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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6 posted on 10/25/2013 5:19:06 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

These people have no clue about competence and instead they put their partisan politics first. Politicians are clueless about reality because they are never held accountable for their failures.

There is no functional competent institution in its right mind that would ever roll out a new nationwide program, even for a new yo yo design, without doing a pilot program that broke down the implementation into a segments of a manageable size.

This is an absolute example of how politics have destroyed the concept of competency. A flash cut for such a large program illustrates pathetic management that goes to the top.


7 posted on 10/25/2013 5:20:40 PM PDT by apoliticalone
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Feinstein, Senators Call For Open Enrollment Extension"

Hey privileged rich old white woman. STFU

8 posted on 10/25/2013 5:21:56 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

More time not to enroll.


9 posted on 10/25/2013 5:25:02 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Fug ‘em! Let ‘em flap in the wind! It wasn’t good a month ago, it isn’t good now!


10 posted on 10/25/2013 5:53:51 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: cripplecreek

Every time somebody says “it’s the law”, retort, so is the 2nd Amendment!


11 posted on 10/25/2013 5:55:03 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Feinstein is a terrorist with a bomb strapped to her sunken chest holding the country hostage.


12 posted on 10/25/2013 6:00:28 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: Bushbacker1

I like to point to Michigan’s affirmative action ban that now awaits a supreme court decision. It was proposed by the people, voted on by the people, passed by the people and signed into law by Jenny Granholm who had no choice.

Now 7 years later we’re awaiting a supreme court ruling.


13 posted on 10/25/2013 6:07:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

My understanding is that delaying select parts of ObamaCare actually make the situation worse.

Insurance companies are still expected to comply with the “shall provide” portions of the law. Yet delaying enrollment and the individual mandate essentially robs them of the $$$ they need to do that.

So, with their financials trending downwards toward - if not into - the red, they’ll have to jack up their premiums and deductibles. In what, should the individual mandate not be implemented soon enough, will be a pretty ugly death spiral.

The truth is that ObamaCare doesn’t really have to be delayed. It needs to be denied oxygen (aka $$$). If enough $$$ is denied and denied at the right time(s) it doesn’t just collapse. It implodes in a massively spectacular fashion that very well could be an object lesson in the “don’t do that” nature of governmental overreach for civics students hundreds of years from now.


14 posted on 10/25/2013 6:08:50 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Et tu, Dianne?”


15 posted on 10/25/2013 6:19:40 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Dims have to change the law of the land, before you can know what’s in the law of the land. Sheesh.


16 posted on 10/25/2013 6:26:43 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s “da law of da land”! No delays! No extensions! Everyone who is not enrolled by next Friday should be arrested and thrown into a concentration camp. We’re an official police state now! No more of this goofing around.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 6:53:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: tanknetter
It needs to be denied oxygen (aka $$$).

Cloward Piven anyone?

18 posted on 10/25/2013 8:27:42 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ah, to veto or not to veto.....


19 posted on 10/25/2013 9:41:18 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: cripplecreek
ITS THE LAW!!!!!!

Unless you happen to be Obama, a Dem, or a Dept of Horror Services appointee...

I wonder why the Dems are asking her to make the decision - does she really have that extra-constitutional power too?

20 posted on 10/26/2013 4:05:08 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

IT’S THE law of the land!!! Hell no!


21 posted on 10/26/2013 3:12:29 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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