Skip to comments.Obama Administration Secretly Extends Health-Care Enrollment Deadline By a Day
Posted on 12/23/2013 8:49:54 AM PST by kristinn
At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch.
Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplaces computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The switch is the most recent rule change some by government officials, and at least one by the insurance industry as a milestone approaches for what has been a tumultuous three-month start of the long-awaited opportunity for Americans to buy new health plans under a 2010 law intended to reshape the nations health-care system.
For the first two months of the sign-up, a federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, had so many software and hardware defects that many consumers who wanted to select new insurance were frustrated by computer error messages. And administration officials held off on a planned campaign to urge people to take advantage of the opportunity for new insurance.
At the start of this month, Obama administration officials announced that the Web site was largely working smoothly, and began to urge consumers to sign up for coverage before the Dec. 23 deadline. The full open-enrollment period extends through the end of March, but the first deadline is for people who want coverage to start on New Years Day the date it first becomes available.
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“It is good to be king!
every new day...new rules...”
Idi Amin Dada Obama
Must be difficult for them finding idiots.
Oh yeah. Hordes of those young healthy people are going to spend Christmas Eve signing up for Obamacare. Is there anybody working on behalf of Obamacare sane?
They're dredging homo bath houses (bars) now in desperation.
Rules, Rules, we dont need no stinkin rules.
The fiasco should have been called, “Whatever”Care.
The whole 0bamacare catastrophe is like watching fourth graders play with gasoline.
yep, desperation. Numbers look bad am betting. Though do not bet, is probably a sure bet.
I'm not one. I got medicare. It has been good for me and my wife. I don't understand why married people don't want health care.
Its not fair to put their poor child in the cartoon.
But still funny!
Now he has suspended participation for the people who already had what he calls 'substandard policies' and the people who have to enroll by the new deadline are the ones who had no policies and supported him because they thought it was all going to be free.
This is a collision of poetic justice for the Obama supporters and schadenfreude for the rest of us.
Other than it’s being a surreal fiasco worthy of as much parody as I can muster...up...I have ignored it entirely.
WE HAVE STANDING as U.S. CITIZENS...this LAW/TAX...is ILLEGAL...and someone needs to file SUIT against these pompous arrogant conflagrant scofflaw SOCIALIST THUGS!
I'm a 54 year old consulting engineer and make between $60,000 and $125,000 per year, depending on how hard I work and whether or not there are work projects out there for me. My girlfriend is 61 and makes about $18,000 per year, working as a part-time mail clerk.
For me, making $60,000 a year, under ObamaCare, the cheapest, lowest grade policy I can buy, which also happens to impose a $5,000 deductible, costs $482 per month.For my girlfriend, the same exact policy, same deductible, costs $1 per month. That's right, $1 per month. I'm not making this up.
Don't believe me? Just go to www.coveredca.gov , the ObamaCare website for California and enter the parameters I've mentioned above and see for yourself. By the way, my zip code is 93940. You'll need to enter that.
So OK, clearly ObamaCare is a scheme that involves putting the cost burden of healthcare onto the middle and upper-income wage earners. But there's a lot more to it. Stick with me.
And before I make my next points, I'd like you to think about something:
I live in Monterey County, in Central California. We have a large land mass but just 426,000 residents - about the population of Colorado Springs or the city of Omaha.
But we do have a large Hispanic population, including a large number of illegal aliens, and to serve this group we have Natividad Medical Center, a massive, Federally subsidized county medical complex that takes up an area about one-third the size of the Chrysler Corporation automobile assembly plant in Belvedere, Illinois (see Google Earth View). Natividad has state-of-the-art operating rooms, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fully equipped, 24 hour emergency room, and much more. If you have no insurance, if you've been in a drive-by shooting or have overdosed on crack cocaine, this is where you go. And it's essentially free, because almost everyone who ends up in the ER is uninsured.
Last year, 2,735 babies were born at Natividad. 32% of these were born to out-of-wedlock teenage mothers, 93% of which were Hispanic. Less than 20% could demonstrate proof of citizenship, and 71% listed their native language as Spanish. Of these 876 births, only 40 were covered under [any kind of] private health insurance. The taxpayers paid for the other 836. And in case you were wondering about the entire population - all 2,735 births - less than 24% involved insured coverage or even partial payment on behalf of the patient to the hospital in exchange for services. Keep this in mind as we move forward.
Now consider this:
If I want to upgrade my policy to a low-deductible premium policy, such as what I had with my last employer, my cost is $886 per month. But my girlfriend can upgrade her policy to the very same level, for just $4 per month. That's right, $4 per month. $48 per year for a zero-deductible, premium healthcare policy - the kind of thing you get when you work at IBM (except of course, IBM employees pay an average of $170 per month out of pocket for their coverage).
I mean, it's bad enough that I will be forced to subsidize the ObamaCare scheme in the first place. But even if I agreed with the basic scheme, which of course I do not, I would never agree to subsidize premium policies. If I have to pay $482 a month for a budget policy, I sure as hell do not want the guy I'm subsidizing to get a better policy, for less that 1% of what I have to fork out each month for a low-end policy.
Why must I pay $482 per month for something the other guy gets for a dollar? And why should the other guy get to buy an $886 policy for $4 a month? Think about this: I have to pay $10,632 a year for the same thing that the other guy can get for $48. $10,000 of net income is 60 days of full time work as an engineer. $48 is something I could could pay for collecting aluminum cans and plastic bottles, one day a month.
Are you with me on this? Are you starting to get an idea what ObamaCare is really about?
ObamaCare is not about dealing with inequities in the healthcare system. That's just the cover story. The real story is that it is a massive, political power grab. Do you think anyone who can insure himself with a premium policy for $4 a month will vote for anyone but the political party that provides him such a deal? ObamaCare is about enabling, subsidizing, and expanding the Left's political power base, at taxpayer expense. Why would I vote for anyone but a Democrat if I can have babies for $4 a month? For that matter, why would I go to college or strive for a better job or income if it means I have to pay real money for healthcare coverage? Heck, why study engineering when I can be a schlub for $20K per year and buy a new F-150 with all the money I'm saving?
And think about those $4-a-month babies - think in terms of propagation models. Think of just how many babies will be born to irresponsible, under-educated mothers. Will we get a new crop of brain surgeons and particle physicists from the dollar baby club, or will we need more cops, criminal courts and prisons? One thing you can be certain of: At $4 a month, they'll multiply, and multiply, and multiply. And not one of them will vote Republican.
ObamaCare: It's all about political power.
I dont believe that anything out of this adminsitration is an oversight , ..or a mistake , etc., etc.
Trust is earned .., so is distrust earned !!
I guess the “law of the land” that Obama and his talking heads keep telling us about is a bunch of crap. Is this change number fifteen (15!) now without Congressional approval?
Power grab and redistribution of wealth or income from the productive to the leeches. It works perfectly for that purpose, as it was intended to do.
Don’t know what will happen later ex-snook for certain. Merry Christmas, ex-snook, to you and yours. May you and yours be blessed with many many more years. Salute!
Changing the law?
“The whole 0bamacare catastrophe is like watching fourth graders play with gasoline.”
And a Zippo lighter...
Obama has too much invested to have Obamacare fail. He will do whatever is necessary to keep it afloat. It may morph into something far different, but it will remain in place. The Dems will see to that no matter how much it costs.
I’m confused. The deadline is Jan 1st. They extended it one day saying they must be signed up by midnight Dec 31st. Where is the one day extension?
Another thing that’s confusing is they say you have until March 31st to be enrolled. Are they saying they want all of your information by Jan 1st so they can nail your ass on Mar 31st?
Since the rules can (and are) changed daily, with no repercussions to the regime, how can they fail?
And well you should. The average Medicare recipient receives three times more in benefits than they made in contributions.
This graph shows that the average man and woman (average defined in the study as average income over their working lives and living to the average life expectancy) who start receiving benefits in 2010 get over 3 times more in benefits than they pay in to the system! Of importance, the study accounts for inflation by calculating all past taxes and future payments in 2010 dollars to provide an accurate comparison.
If the notion that Medicare recipients are simply "getting back what they paid in" is false then where is the money coming from? Simply, the excess received is being borrowed from younger generations and the cost is more than we can bear.
Medicare has been running in the red since 2008.
That’s an excellent chart.
Medicare has a GINORMOUS deficit.
Don’t forget the offsetting effect of the Death Panels though.
Every year they slice off the lifespan is HUGE in the financials.
I have already been advised that I don't understand sarchasm
But .. I beleive that Kwanzaa will be more celebrated than this pResident !
If Medicare is not reformed, it will consume the entire federal budget.
Because they needed to appear sober and rested for the photo ops after the New Year celebrations.
I’m glad we don’t have a Constitution anymore.
We’re getting so much more done. :)
When you get old Medicare will be there for you and your family will not have to pay for your healthcare unless they throw you off the cliff because you haven’t paid enough into it.
Nine out of every 10 Medicare recipients have supplemental or Medigap insurance. Do you have that? Medicare Parts B and D are now a means tested, four tier system depending on income.
As well intended as Medicare may be, it is unsustainable financially. We can't afford it as currently structured.
To get COVERAGE by Jan. 1, the old deadline was Dec. 23. Obama/HHS changed that to Dec. 24 ("11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve") and folks will still have coverage starting Jan. 1. That is the extra 1 day. I doubt they checked with the insurance companies before doing this .... shortens their time to process information by yet another day.
Obama = Scrooge. Sheesh. Yanking your economic freedom on Christmas! The godless communist bastard!
Well by golly, that fixes everything.
Obama and Kwanzaa. Two Frauds. Both “brainchildren” of Thugs.
major difference...Kwanzaa can be ignored....
Obama ..not so much.
Obama wont be back to Washington till Jan 5 a Sunday..
Jan 6 is the first Monday in the new year and the first day the gov will be back to work after their new year paid break etc
nothing will be done until at least then..
did ya really expect the gov to work on New Years Day ???
Then what remains is [a] reduce the cost of medical care so that it is self-sustaining or [b] have more private insurance coverage, if affordable, to cover inflation and new developments, or [c] rely on family or charity.
I'd keep the present system until a new one is created for comparison. I regard it like fire insurance where all homeowners pay but only the one whose house burns down, collects.
Among other things he could be called ..... but that we're too polite to put on FR!
I said this weeks ago. They will waive all penalties before the end of the year and blame the remaining insurance providers.
The insurance companies will regret dancing with the devil because he’ll leave them hanging and blame everything on them and congress won’t be bailing them out because the population has no appetite to pay for more bailouts.