Skip to comments.Surprise! White House To Delay 'Firm' Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Past March 31
Posted on 03/26/2014 2:28:14 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Though the Obama administration repeatedly insisted that its March 31 enrollment deadline for Obamacares first year was firm, many observers predicted that the administration would combat lagging sales of health law-sponsored insurance plans by extending that deadline. Sure enough, on Tuesday night the White House indicated that it would be postponing that drop date in order to squeeze as many people as possible into the program.
Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post broke the story. Goldstein reports that the revised deadline will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states and extend for two to three weeks.
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Notice the Clown did not delay the day you have to file taxes.
Or his vacations.
Right to Not Participate: On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that I cannot be required by law to purchase any insurance or enroll in any government Exchange coverage. Furthermore, Section 1555 of the PPACA affirms an individuals right to choose to opt out of the Exchange:
SEC. 1555 [42 U.S.C. 18115]. FREEDOM NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS. No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendment), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.”
The national Exchange system is not a marketplace to buy health insurance. It is a federal command and control center that employs the states to abuse individual privacy and economic freedom with the false promise of government provided health care.
Exactly where are we in connection with the Affordable Care Act? How many unilateral changes have been made to the original legislation? What kind of tangled mess do we have? How enforceable are all the changes and exceptions?
Is there a central authority keeping track of all the changes and their interactions? That is, is there a "red lined" version of the original law?
Where are the law makers on these changes? Do we still have an active congress?
I hope the supremes send this back to the legislature to repair!
Right now - just as election season approaches.
I remember reading here that the regime itself claimed that it did not have authority in the law to do this.
The ACA has turned out to be the outrageous disaster that many Republicans predicted it would be (at least publicly), so the Obama administration is basically -- with no authority at all -- stripping the original law of one provision after another. But nobody is going to complain about it because this is basically the equivalent of an innocent man being convicted unjustly in a court of law ... without a judge ever enforcing the sentence.
Everything he did/touched is just so pathetic.
How can we have a ‘pathetic dictator’?
That just makes us even more pathetic, impotent, filled with rage.
Actions like this explain why Obamacare is not the law of the land.
You see there folks, the Gov’t is your friend after all, we all should feel better now, well at least for another two or three weeks.
“You’re pirates. Hang the code, and hang the rules. They’re more like guidelines anyway.”
(Pirates of the Caribbean)
The last few enrollments are a minor reason for this. Delaying enrollment deadline is the first step to the real goal
1. delay enrollment deadline
2. delay deadline for insurers to submit 2015 policies/costs. (Was scheduled for July I think). Wouldn’t be fair for insurers to meat that deadline since enrollment was extended.
3. delay deadline for HHS to approve 2015 policies/prices (Until after Nov elections). Wouldn’t be fair for Sebelius to have to meet her deadline since insurers were late. Plus, we want Sebelius to have as much time as possible to “do what’s best for the country”.
4. D voters go to the polls knowing that “the smartest man in the world” told them that Obamacare will be better/cheaper in 2015 - so it must be true. And, if they don’t show up, the “low information R voters” will help take over the senate and increase insurance rates.
They’ve already pushed the exchange start date until after the elections. They can say here’s no need to finalize policy/cost decisions until the exchanges open. Then they can tell voters not to believe any rumors they hear about price increases since those haven’t been finalized.
There's the rub. The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it to the letter. At the same time, real people are getting really hurt by this, and delaying any relief is immoral and probably politically unwise.
It's a really tough balancing act from a political sense - trying to force the rogue administration into following the law and Constitutional process while simultaneously doing anything possible to avert this train wreck.
Insurers have to set premiums for 2015 sometime in the next couple of months, as I understand it. It makes it pretty difficult to calculate those when you haven't a clue what your final risk pool will be. Guesswork, I guess, and they'll err on the high side to protect themselves.
These delays are also indicative that the enrollment numbers are paltry - not nearly high enough to make it work.
Obama is rolling back his own bill little by little and what he's not rolling back is going to collapse.