Clever: Obama Delays 2015 ObamaCare Enrollment Until After 2014 Midterm Elections

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

Why do we even have a two-party government when this maniac can just rewrite the laws himself?

The Obama administration plans to push back by a month the second-year start of enrollment in its health program to give insurers more time to adjust to growing pains in the U.S. law, a move that may stave off higher premiums before the 2014 congressional elections.

The enrollment period, previously scheduled to begin Oct. 15, 2014, will now start Nov. 15, said an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who asked not to be identified because the decision isn’t public. The change is important to insurers that need more time to evaluate the first year of the government-run marketplaces.

Technical problems are undermining efforts to attract a broad array of customers to the new markets, a prerequisite to keeping plans affordable in the long run. Keeping prices from spiking next year is “absolutely critical” for President Barack Obama if he wants to preserve his signature legislative achievement, said Ana Gupte, a Leerink Swann & Co. analyst.

“The death of this law would be for health insurance companies to price policies for 2015 in a way that premiums skyrocket,” said Gupte, who is based in New York, in a telephone interview. “At that point, it’s a death spiral and it’s over. So he needs to do something.”

Moving the filing deadline back a month gives insurers more time to assess the mix of consumers who enroll in plans in the first year they’re offered through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The young, healthy people needed to balance the cost of care for older consumers aren’t likely to sign up in large numbers until March, said Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the law.

“This is an important business for them and they want to make smart decisions about how they set their rates,” Gruber said in a telephone interview. “It’s in the nation’s interest they get time to make those decisions.”

So remember when you’re voting next year that ObamaCare is wonderful and will save you money. Obama will remind of of this every day between now and then.

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4 Responses to “Clever: Obama Delays 2015 ObamaCare Enrollment Until After 2014 Midterm Elections”

  1. BigGator5 on 22/22/13 at 9:05 am

    Tyranny. Laws no longer matter. Rules no longer matter. Your vote no longer matters. I think we need to start considering… *sighs* …other options.

  2. Cate on 22/22/13 at 9:46 am

    Where is Congress in this decision? Didn’t they vote AGAINST postponing the rollout? And another thing… does that mean that my Health Insurance policy will return to pre-Obamacare price?

  3. Brainpimp on 22/22/13 at 10:41 am

    No, the date was pushed back to lessen or remove the impact of the necessarily skyrocketing premiums and astronomical deductibles until after the Dems hope and pray they can somehow someway stem the tide of congressional losses and maintain the Senate majority.

    It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with further study of a market.