ObamaCare deadline extended

Overwhelmed by the volume of enrollees, the time limit for enlistment into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) program has been lengthened by two days.

Originally slated to expire on Tuesday evening, the deadline for entry into the health-care plan was extended from Tuesday, December 15 to Thursday evening, December 17 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

“Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17 Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage,”  Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan said in a statement.

Analysis

While many in the Obama White House and other increasingly desperate defenders are celebrating this late-date rally under the fanciful notion ObamaCare is some elixir of life, a more logical explanation is enrollees’ appreciation of the ObamaCare penalty inflicted if they do not obtain a health-care plan.

The penalty for being without a health plan rises to $695 for 2016.

Alternatively, and typical of this administration, the penalty can be a captious 2.5 percent of one’s income should individuals have the earning power to pay.

The most far-reaching legacy achievement of ObamaCare is a tax.

 

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