Key Obamacare Deadline Looms Large

Monday's enrollment is key hurdle, as political figures in both parties continue to hammer the hobbled rollout of the law

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With the first enrollment deadline of the new health-care-reform law just hours away, Americans scrambled to sign up for new coverage on Sunday as political figures in both parties continued to hammer the Obama Administration over its hobbled rollout of the law.

Consumers who want health insurance starting on Jan. 1 need to complete enrollment through the new online exchanges by midnight on Monday. After the problem-plagued launch of the federal exchange website in October, HealthCare.gov has been running better in recent weeks, and President Barack Obama said on Friday more than a million people had signed up for coverage on both federal and state-run exchanges in the first three weeks of December.

But with time running short for millions of uninsured Americans, many are picking the cheapest options available, the Associated Press reports, raising fears that the newly insured will face sticker shock when they seek medical care and find themselves forced to pick up much of the cost because of bare-bones coverage.

“It’s important to understand the total cost of ownership of a plan,” Matt Eyles, an executive with the market-analysis firm Avalere Health, told AP. “You just don’t want to look only at the premium.”

The last-minute rush comes amid a flurry of deadline delays and extensions by the Obama Administration and continuing political strife over the new law. Americans still have until late March to sign up for insurance before being subjected to the individual mandate’s tax penalty for not having coverage. But confusion still reigns for many.

“I am so deeply clueless about all of this,” Adrienne Matzen, a 29-year-old Chicago actress still looking for coverage, admitted to AP.

With the insurance industry expressing growing unrest at the numerous tweaks to implementation and their potential to cause chaos in the individual market, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is seeking a one-year delay of the individual mandate, warned on Sunday of more trouble to come.

“If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “This transitional year gives you a chance to adjust the product for the market.”

“It falls under its own weight if the cost becomes more than we can absorb,” Manchin added.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate still keeping his name in play for 2016, said on Sunday the law simply isn’t working. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Huckabee said the law is “not working out very well,” and that the “arbitrary changes” being made by the Obama Administration are proof of that.

20 comments
IbcinguToo
IbcinguToo

Okay, procrastinators.  ------- Let's get on the ball & get signed up. 

PeterFoelsche
PeterFoelsche

why are insurances which leave the insured with unmanageable copayments allowed?

georgiamd
georgiamd

There are many Democrats who see the folly of Obamacare and are concerned about the number of "junk" policies being written. What an unpleasant (and expensive)surprise these folks will receive when they go to seek treatment.

Sen. Joe Manchin(D) warns that Obamacare could collapse “under its own weight” if there are continued problems, repeating his push for delaying the individual mandate.

'' it is so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” the West Virginia Democrat said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

According to the democrats the whole idea was to help people. Instead, Obamacare has made things worse. For the many people who've had their policies cancelled, it means higher premiums for less care.


So maybe it had more to do with power than helping people.

jmac
jmac

 A quote from Huckabee.   What has the world come to when a reporter has to put in a quote from Huckabee?  You might as well quote Sarah Palin.  Or one of the Duck Dynasty guys.   Heck, go with Trump!  That'll give you gravitas. 


The bottom line is America is going to have health care coverage and the fight over it is going to extend into the far future.  In the meantime, Huckabee can draw in his millions and tease about running for president if a big donor will support him as he is a little wishy-washy about his love for his mansion in Florida and his new pocketbook.    As a 'Christian' who doesn't want universal health care he should be worried but he's never going to figure it out.  He's Pat Robertson II.  


roknsteve
roknsteve

Democrats want "single payer."  Republicans just want to "whine."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@georgiamd 

And yet 93% of Health Care Systems CEOs surveyed last week feel strongly that ObamaCare will improve health care and reduce costs. Who to believe them or you.

jmac
jmac

@georgiamd   "The nation is fundamentally handicapped in it's quest for cheaper health care.    All other developed countries rely on a large degree of direct government intervention, negotiation or rate-setting to achieve lower-priced medical treatment for all citizens.  That is not politically acceptable here."  (Elizabeth Rosenthal)   


Want a plan that doesn't rely on the private market, georgiamd?   Maybe you can vote for the democrat in 2016 who pushes for such a plan - or you can vote Republican and complain about Obama's Republican health care plan.  


tom.litton
tom.litton

@mary.waterton" it means higher premiums for less care"

I thought people were upset because it forced more care then what they wanted.  

It's very difficult to keep up with republicans.  I think i'll stick with reality.  It's much more consistent. 

Diecash1
Diecash1

@mary.watertonMaybe your post has more to do with unsubstantiated allegations than actual facts.

wigginsdmd
wigginsdmd

And what actual facts would prove otherwise?

PishawBro
PishawBro

@Diecash1@mary.waterton No, you're the one that doesn't know what they're talking about. What she said is correct.

Where she was wrong was in saying this is about power. The ACA is about the government borrowing money to subsidize mandatory enrollment in a health care system that charges $60.00 for an aspirin. The government will borrow money and give it directly to the health care industry. That's what's wrong with the ACA. I don't know why the crazy people in congress and the media are talking about Death Camps and Mandatory Abortions when it is so very easy to see why the ACA is an evil concept. They don't need to make insane things up... all they need to tell me is that the plan is to borrow a half a trillion dollars a year and give it to the people that charge $60.00 for an single aspirin.

We should all have health care, it's not even a question. But the problem in the United States is the people that provide health care. The entire industry. It's like Big Oil. Was it someone in Saudi Arabia charging us $3.75/gallon for gas when crude cost $110/barrel? No. It was fat white guys right here. And it's fat white guys right here that charge $60.00 for an aspirin. So the government is going to borrow money and give it to these people. This is an improvement?

The ACAdoesn't help anyone. Except the fat white guys. But I believe that's the intent.

I voted for Obama twice. Once because he promised change. He lied. The second time because the republicans couldn't come up with one (1) candidate that wasn't insane or learning deficient. I hope they do better this time. As for that 'change', I wouldn't be surprised to see Cheney walk from behind the curtain and tell us he runs this crap.

I really hope the republicans can come up with a viable, sane candidate in the next cycle. They don't have a good track record lately. But I don't want to see a president Biden.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@wigginsdmdTry reading the links that I already provided.  Regardless, it is incumbent upon the claimant to substantiate the claim, not on others to refute it.

wigginsdmd
wigginsdmd

Have you actually spent time in "the rest of the world" and experienced how much they "enjoy" their healthcare? I have and and it doesn't work.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@PishawBroYou realize republicans are consistently for less regulation (of all industries, but specifically in the medical industry).  And ACA, for all the extra money it gives to the insurance industry, still adds some important limitations: Like not allowing very low quality (some would call them fraudulent) plans, and limiting the profit they can make. 


The right is fighting to reverse even those trends, the left is fighting for a single payer system, like the rest of the world enjoys.  The ACA was born and exists because it meets both parties half way.  As such it has some of the benefits and some of the consequences of both.

jmac
jmac

@PishawBro Hillary for President.   She's the one that was waving Obama's bogus non-universal health care paper in her hand and saying "Shame on You".


How did you miss that, PishawBro?   I suggest this time you watch the Democratic primaries.  You might learn not to listen to the preacher on the campaign trail.   And anyone excepting any sanity from Republicans any time soon has on rose colored glasses.