HIPOCRISY ALERT: Some Democrats suggest extending, delaying Obamacare enrollment
INCREDIBLE, the House Republicans’ final offer BEFORE the Harry Reid Spite House Shutdown was to simply delay the individual mandate & give Congress NO special treatment under the “Affordable” Care Act. Democrats, including the President REFUSED and the SHUTDOWN commenced. The whole time any GOP members pushing for this delay compromise were called radical, anarchists, terrorists, ransom takers, and even “holding a GUN to America’s head by the President himself. The whole time, our corrupt news media didn’t even blink as it piled on itself. Now, Democrats are calling for a delay and the hipocrisy within the White House and our news media will be exposed for all to see for themselves if they actually follow closely enough since the news media sellouts will not report the news objectively.
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By Rebecca Kaplan
Frustrated by the troubled rollout of the healthcare exchanges, a handful of Democrats are floating the idea of delaying the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act exchanges in order to allow users more time to sign up for insurance and avoid being hit by tax penalties. As the law stands, open enrollment on the exchanges will end on March 31. For the first year that taxpayers do not sign up for insurance for 2014, they will have to pay a penalty of $95 or up to one percent of income. The next year that fine increases to $325, and it eventually rises to $695 by 2016.
The push began Tuesday with a letter from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., encouraging the president to extend the period of time in which users are allowed to sign up.
“Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll,” Shaheen wrote. “Further, in light of the difficulties individuals may be having with enrolling through healthcare.gov, I ask that you clarify how the individual responsibility penalty will be administered and enforced. If an individual is unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems with enrollment, they should not be penalized because of lack of coverage.”
Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Mark Begich, have seconded Shaheen’s idea. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., went a step further: he is authoring legislation to delay the $95 penalty imposed on those who don’t buy insurance, his office said.
By Diana Furchtgott
Separately, the White House signaled on Wednesday that it is postponing for a few months the penalties for people who do not sign up for health insurance — even though earlier this month President Barack Obama attacked congressional Republicans who sought to postpone penalties for a year. Also see: Obamacare penalties to be delayed.
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