ObamaCare Deadline Not Exactly March 31 Anymore
Loophole opened, relies on honor system
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2014 5:00 AM CDT
Updated Mar 26, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
Part of the website for HealthCare.gov.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

(Newser) – With the deadline for enrollment just days away, the Obama administration has decided the cutoff date for ObamaCare isn't as quite as firm as earlier advertised. The administration says people who have had trouble signing up for coverage on HealthCare.gov before the March 31 deadline will have until around the middle of April to ask for an extension, reports the Washington Post, which notes that the system will rely on the honor system and users will only have to tick a box to be granted an extension.

"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment—either online or over the phone," says a Health and Human Services spokeswoman. Consumer advocates welcomed the move to grant extra time, though the insurance industry and Republicans aren't so happy about it, the Los Angeles Times notes. "Another day, another ObamaCare delay," said RNC Chairman Reince Preibus.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Extra Time Granted for ObamaCare Enrollment is...
15%
2%
1%
20%
1%
60%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 126 comments
Texas1
Mar 27, 2014 8:35 AM CDT
Most people don't understand how bad Obama care has made it for some of us. I live in a small rural county. We had three plans for this county. I had insurance that I could afford and it paid what I needed it to. Along with Medicare Part A.Some of you can call it a crappy plan. But it was what I could afford and I was happy with it. Now since Obama care kicked in. The only plan left is one I can't afford. 456.00 dollars a month and 7000.00 deductible. Is not what I can afford on what I make on disability. So I now join the 6-7 million they guess are stuck in the Catch 22 plan. Don't make enough for Gov't help and make to much for Medicaid.I have spent two days searching for a plan. Only one insurance company now covers this county. If Obama care helped you that is great. But it has destroyed more than it created.Left many of us with no insurance.Remember the promise that it would cover everyone. Now they say up to 30 million will still not be covered.
hog_one
Mar 27, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Story on "What really matters about Obamacare...making it work" http://news.yahoo.com/what-really-matters-on-health-care--making-it-work-234038897.html "Obamacare: Taxpayers in the Hole for 1.5 Trillion Dollars" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obamacare-taxpayers-hole-1-5-094500219.html Also, "Judging Obamacare state by state" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/judging-obamacare-state-state-112153398.html In closing, just because you have signed-up, doesn't mean you have coverage. Until you pay whatever amount to the provider for the coverage. You are not covered.
iq145
Mar 26, 2014 10:12 PM CDT
Also: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304250204579433312607325596?mod=trending_now_1 http://www.newser.com/story.aspx?storyid=183673&urltext=millions-can-dodge-obamacare-mandate-wsj