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DNC Chair Indicates Enrollment Period Should be Extended

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz strongly suggested Wednesday morning that amid the troubles plaguing the Obamacare website, the open enrollment period for signups should be extended.

“There should absolutely be an openness to extending the open enrollment period,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC.

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27 Responses to DNC Chair Indicates Enrollment Period Should be Extended

  1. Has there ever been a law enacted by Congress that anyone, or everyone, can just change, ignore, pass out waivers, or delay whatever the situation or political gain?
    First the Dems cry out “it’s settled law”, then they can’t bring it on line, or some group doesn’t want to be included, then it’s not clear if everyone is aware of the mandate, even though the target date…………
    It’s supposed to help everyone buy health insurance, but people who already have health insurance are being dropped by their carriers who….
    Good grief.
    This isn’t even the storied ‘train wreck’ because the “train” was never on the tracks.

  2. Ahh, so THAT’s how the dems are going to spin that Cruz and crew weren’t right all along.
    Instead of “delaying the mandate” it will be “extending the enrollment”.
    Orwell would be so proud of the dems these days for following 1984 so closely, yet so sad that America has become so full of ignorant idiots they don’t see it.

  3. By the way, new tidbits–nothing in the law that prevents back billing–so you can go to the hosp, an out of network doc is given your scans, and after all the paperwork is thrashed around, you get a big bill for a radiologist you never heard of. They do this now, in some cases, in ERs, by the way. Also even if a hosp is “allowed” under some plans, they may not be approved for all needs–maybe just for trauma care–it’s up to you to determine all this in advance.

  4. She was very careful not to mention delaying the tax penalty on the Democrat party’s health insurance scam. Extending the open enrollment period and delaying the tax penalty are two very different animals. Right now enrollment closes on December 15th, and the effective date of the tax penalty is January 1, 2014. The leviathan doesn’t have much wiggle room (16 calendar days to be exact) between the time enrollment ends and the tax penalty begins. Looks like they are between a rock and a hard place right now…

    • They will move the rock and the hard place.
      In order to place them there we need someone with some balls.
      They are still out there circling the wagons around Obama, saying that he knew nothing about the inept launch of this website.
      Why does this fool have the power that he has over them ?
      ValJar ?
      Constant intimidation ?
      Threats ?
      DWS appears delusional, along with Pelosi, and the rest of the hacks that are manning the wagons.
      I cannot believe that they are all that stupid.
      Or,…maybe they are.

  5. Extending open enrollment will create a whole new raft of problems that will be difficult to solve.

    What happens to all of those folks whose current policies are being cancelled as of 12/31. Will the insurance companies back off and reinstate those policies?

    It just keeps getting worse and worse.

    The only good thing about all of this is that it will consume Obama’s entire agenda and prevent him from doing other things to “transform” our country.

  6. And the President enters stage left to the roaring sound of applause from his adoring media and steps to the podium in the Rose Garden:

    “I just found out yesterday on CNN that there are some problems with the rollout of the ACA website. Valerie Jarrett told me just this morning, that she found out yesterday, that it may take a year or longer for HHS to fix this so that it has any semblance of functionality. Ms. Jarrett also told me that she just found out this morning, that using the phone, paper applications and navigators will not produce sufficient enrollees to make the ACA viable.

    Therefore, I personally have decided to delay the individual mandate until this problem has been resolved, not for a year, as the Tea Party extremists had been asking for, because that was something I wasn’t willing to compromise on.

    Certainly, everyone knows, that the terrorists in the Republican Party were just trying to make me look bad, it’s personal to them — that’s why I refused to negotiate and why I feel that a very short government shutdown was necessary.

    Just think what would have happened if I had accepted their unreasonable demand for a one year delay and we later found out on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazzera or ESPN that it was going to take two years to fix the problems? I would have looked like a real doofus and that is what the KKK branch of the Republican Party was hoping for.

    That’s why the Republicans, the Tea Party and the KKK wanted me to agree to only a one year delay and I just will not admit that I or any member of my administration have now or in the past or ever will in the future admit to making a mistake.

    It’s the right thing… TO DO!

    And finally, ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’ (The President at this point, stomped his feet and pounded his fists on the podium, emphatically.)”

    And the President exits stage left to the roaring sound of applause from his adoring media.

    A note from our attorneys: This was not a real press event.