Potential Obamacare Changes
Under current HHS rules, the National Open Enrollment for Obamacare plans is supposed to end on March 31, 2014. After that date, if Americans do not have approved health insurance they will be responsible for 12 months worth of “Shared Responsibility Payments.” The idea of going without health insurance and applying for a guaranteed issue plan in the hospital is not realistic after March 31.
After that date, under current rules, you will not be allowed to enroll in health insurance for 2014, unless you can qualify for a Special Election Period.
However, there is a growing bi-partisan movement in congress to post-pone the Individual Mandate, like the President post-poned the Employer Mandate last July, until 2015.
Right now, it is just wishful thinking, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, has vowed that he will not allow such a proposal to be voted on in the Senate. (I find it interesting that he was the primary author of the PPACA, and not Barack Obama.)
When, and if, a change is made to the deadline, I will share that news with readers. Until then, however, Americans are stuck with the March 31, 2014 deadline.
Last Thursday, Harry Reid told Republican Senators, ““Get over it. It’s the law. It’s the legacy of Barack Obama and always will be. Let’s get over this and stop the mischievous, misfortunate speeches out here every day about how bad it is.”
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