White House Delays ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement by Six Weeks

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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For those looking to buy health insurance, frustration has been mounting over the problems with the HealthCare.gov exchanges. Because of these technical issues, consumers will now have a little more time to enroll in an insurance program.

The White House announced last night that people have an extra six weeks to enroll in an insurance program, pushing the deadline to March 31st. 

Joining The Takeaway to explain the decision to postpone the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

I do not see what the fuss is all about. I will not be signing up for Mr. Obama's version of the health insurance pyramid, just as I have not signed up for the other versions we have around. Oh, and to wipe that smug smile off of the face of my friends in the Racist Demagogic Party of Slavery -- who go by the name of "Democrat" -- I will also be refusing Medicare. This is a matter of principle for me.

Oct. 25 2013 02:44 PM
dlm

Good thing President Obama and the Democrats shutdown the government because it was vital that Obamacare not be delayed for a year.

Oct. 24 2013 03:11 PM
Charles

If House Republicans had gone to the White House three weeks ago and said, "We'll vote for a "clean CR" if you, Mr. President, will move back the signup deadline by six weeks, Obama would have said, "No."

LMAO.

Oct. 24 2013 02:44 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

There are many people who don't like the Internet. Are there ways to enroll in The Affordable Care Act that doesn't involve using a computer?
The success of the program might be better served as a grass roots organization with pop up shops and a human being that people can talk to.
The glitch of the web site, might stop people from even trying to enroll right now...They may have tried, and now have given up entirely by all the negative press

Oct. 24 2013 01:59 PM
Dawn Reynolds from Dallas, Oregon

Your coverage of the glitches in the Affordable Care Act website represents journalism at its worst. The glitches are just that, glitches. And yet you have given them more air time this week than surveillance of the German Prime Minister, global warming, the ongoing and measured effects on our economy from the shut down of the US government. Giving equal time or comparing the inconvenience of the glitches and their political fallout to the near default on our national debt and the closure of our national government due to the nearly complete dysfunction of one of our two major political parties is irresponsible for a news organization. It's like comparing apples to Martians. This looks and smells like a feeding frenzy over a political news crumb. The tone has been gossipy and self-serving. It's just a a website. It can be fixed. I'm far more worried about informing the public in a responsible manner so that our policy makers can get on with the enormous tasks of repairing our economy, saving the environment, and building a society of well-informed, critical thinkers.

Oct. 24 2013 12:42 PM

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