HHS Discovers One Obamacare Deadline It Can’t Delay
And it just so happens to be the most crucial.
With only 4.2 million of the original 7 million Obamacare exchange enrollees confirmed, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services were asked yesterday whether they would extend the March 31 deadline.
“We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period,” responded an HHS official, according to the Weekly Standard. “In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” (Emphasis added)
Of course, none of the controversial Obamacare delays are rooted in the law’s statutory text. When pressed for an explanation of how the enrollment deadline is different from the extra-legal delays of the individual mandate, employer mandate, small business exchange, Cadillac…[more]
President Barack Obama’s latest "fix" to his signature health reform law is being greeted with none of the approval of his previous uses of so-called enforcement discretion.
This past July, Obama announced that he would not enforce the employer mandate in 2014, the first year of ObamaCare’s implementation. The decision was met with muted applause from the business community because it spared them – for a year – from the dilemma of paying more for health insurance or paying a less costly fine to shift employees onto a health insurance exchange.
Also in July the…
"Tuesday night's special election in Florida should be a serious scare for Democrats who worry that Obamacare will be a major burden for their party in 2014. Despite recruiting favored candidate Alex Sink, outspending Republicans, and utilizing turnout tools to help motivate reliable voters, Democrats still lost to Republican lobbyist David Jolly — and it wasn't particularly close. "The Republican…[more]
—Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor