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Obamacare Watch: 4 March 2014 -- Deadlines Are Whatever Obama Says They Are  


4 March 2014, 10:07

Oh crap, that “you can keep your plan” half-fix was going to expire before the midterms. Time to ‘‘fix’‘ Obamacare again

The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.

As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.

The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.


Obama subsequently called on states and the insurance industry to allow people to keep their existing plans for an additional year. While many states agreed, it left the administration with a dilemma.

A one-year moratorium pushed the deadline beyond the midterm election, but insurers must send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance. That would mean notices in the mail by Oct. 1, five weeks before voters go to the polls.

So, do we have any takers as to when the individual mandate tax penalty (what are they calling it now? shared responsibility something-or-other?) will be “delayed”?

Given that people won’t see it hit til tax time next year, I guess by January 1. I was thinking it would be announced in October, but we shall see.

FYI: The reason I put dates on these posts is that sometimes time stamps on posts are wrong (as might be the case when I import old posts), and the other is that you never know what will change day-to-day with Obamacare. I need to be able to look at an old post title and see what came before what.

What a mess.


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