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  • By the way, enrollment for Obamacare for 2015 has been pushed AFTER the election




    After the slow start to enrollment in the Obamacare marketplaces for 2014, the Obama administration is set to delay enrollment for 2015 by a month.

    The move will give insurers more time to evaluate the 2014 market and set 2015 premiums accordingly -- it also moves the enrollment period past the 2014 midterm elections. It’s the latest Obamacare adjustment that, whatever its aims, is clouded by the continued political controversy over the health law. At least one Republican, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, called the decision "a cynical political move."

    The Health and Human Services Department confirms to CBS News that it plans to reschedule the 2015 open enrollment period for Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 15, 2015. Previously, the enrollment period was slated to run from Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2014. Insurers also now have until May 2014, rather than April 2014, to submit applications to offer health plans in the marketplace. The changes don’t impact the Obamacare marketplace for next year.

    “This change is good news for consumers, who will have more time to learn about plans before enrolling and an open enrollment period that’s a week longer,” an HHS official told CBS News.

    After insurers on the new Obamacare marketplaces released their rates for 2014, the administration happily announced in late September (a week before open enrollment began) that premiums on the marketplace came in lower than expected. So far, however, far fewer people have enrolled than the administration was hoping for by this point.

    The low enrollment -- particularly among younger, healthier people -- could increase premiums for 2015 more than anticipated. Insurers are expecting younger, healthier people to enroll late in the game, in large part because of all the technical problems with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov. Since many of those people may not enroll until March, insurers will benefit from having an extra month to set their rates for the next year.

    Democrats, meanwhile, could also benefit from the delay of open enrollment. If premiums are higher than expected next year, the open enrollment period could be a headache for Democrats who support the health law and are seeking re-election in early November.

    "If premiums go through the roof in the first year of Obamacare, no one will know about it until after the election," Grassley said in a statement Friday. "This is clearly a cynical political move by the Obama Administration to use extra-regulatory, by any means necessary tools to keep this program afloat and hide key information from voters... The Administration is welcome to prove me wrong by committing to put out 2015 plan year premium rates by November 1, 2014.”
    Good grief. Who the hell do they think that they're fooling?
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

  • #2
    Originally posted by Adam View Post
    Good grief. Who the hell do they think that they're fooling?
    Obama apologists.
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Adam View Post
      Good grief. Who the hell do they think that they're fooling?
      Obama thinks Americans are stupid. But then, that's what got him elected. Twice.
      “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
      I aim with my eye.

      "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
      I shoot with my mind.

      "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
      I kill with my heart.”

      The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Adam View Post
        Good grief. Who the hell do they think that they're fooling?
        Every Obama voter out there, and they are probably successful.
        "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

        -John Locke

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