Obama Pushes Back 2015 Health Care Enrollment
Until after the midterm elections, coincidentally
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 22, 2013 10:17 AM CST
In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, the shadow of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is shown as she speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – The Obama administration plans to push back the start of next year's ObamaCare enrollment period by a month, from Oct. 15, 2014 to Nov. 15—which would just happen to push it to after the midterm elections, Bloomberg reports. The idea, ostensibly, is to give insurers more time to evaluate the effects of the government-run exchanges, in the hope that doing so will prevent prices from spiking. Right now, the technical stink around the law has prevented it from attracting the kind of desirable enrollees who'll keep rates down.

Most of those young, healthy buyers, will probably start showing up in March—which is when the mandate deadline kicks in, and the uninsured will have to pay a fine, says one MIT economist who helped design the law. The administration wants to give insurers as much time as possible to absorb the impact of that influx, worrying that otherwise rates will spike in the program's second year. "It's in the nation's interest they get time to make those decisions," the economist says.

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clstans
Nov 29, 2013 9:12 AM CST
You can keep your head in your ass or you can find some facts. Here are the ratios of deficit to GDP for the past five presidents: From Forbes Ronald Reagan 1981-88 4.2 % 1982-89 4.2 Average 4.2 George H. W. Bush 1989-92 4.0 1990-93 4.3 Average 4.2 Bill Clinton 1993-2000 0.8 1994-2001 0.1 Average 0.5 George W. Bush 2001-08 2.0 2002-09 3.4 Average 2.7 Barack Obama 2009-12* 9.1 2010-12 8.7 Average 8.9
foxnewsis1
Nov 27, 2013 2:36 AM CST
Obama can push it back as far as he wants. It has failed.
NorCalHal
Nov 26, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Over the weekend I was wondering what real or imagined Crisis du jour the administration will embrace now to divert our attention from ObumblerCare. Will it be a hyped up domestic issue, some international disaster or a mid east conflict? Or will the short memory American's just let the criminal handling of ACA pass like all the dozens of other near impeachable and certainly poorly thought out actions of this administration?