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White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:17:19 PM »

December 24, 2013
White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to sign up for health insurance if they could show that they missed the Tuesday deadline for applications because of problems with the federal health care website.

The administration acted after a last-minute surge of interest among people seeking coverage. The administration hailed what it described as “amazing interest” in new health insurance options and said the federal website alone received “two million site visits” on Monday.

The original deadline was Dec. 15 for people to sign up for coverage that takes effect in January; it was later extended by eight days. On Monday, the White House added a 24-hour grace period, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

Then on Tuesday, in another bid to expand coverage, the administration provided details of a “special enrollment period” for people who would miss the deadline.

“If you weren’t able to enroll in an insurance plan by Dec. 23 because of problems you had using, you still may be able to get coverage that starts Jan. 1,” the administration told visitors to the website. “Even though we have passed the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for coverage starting Jan. 1, we don’t want you to miss out if you’ve been trying to enroll.

“Sometimes despite your best efforts, you might have run into delays caused by heavy traffic to, maintenance periods, or other issues with our systems that prevented you from finishing the process on time. If this happened to you, don’t worry — we still may be able to help you get covered as soon as Jan. 1.”

Republicans said the latest move showed that President Obama was desperate to increase enrollment, widely seen as a measure of the success of the health care law.

For their part, administration officials said the move was a common-sense response to heavy website traffic, which they cited as evidence of the need for more affordable insurance.

Some 48 million Americans are estimated to be uninsured.

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Re: White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2013, 07:58:39 PM »
 :thud: :thud: :thud: make the rules on the fly.
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Re: White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2013, 10:04:12 PM »
:thud: :thud: :thud: make the rules on the fly.

He is so darn stupid! People aren't signing up because they don't like Obamacare. They could care less if the site works or not. They don't sign up because they choose not to do so. He can make all the new rules he wants. They mean nothing, and should be ignored.

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Re: White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 01:32:05 AM »
It just keeps getting stupider and stupider.  Now the deadline has effectively been dragged out to at least Jan. 1.  What's next, Valentine's Day?  Easter?
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Re: White House Provides More Time for Health Sign-Up
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2013, 09:34:58 AM »
Amending the law by executive order (if they even go to that much trouble). No separation of powers problem here, nosirree.
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