White House Delaying Obamacare Individual Mandate

By: Kristin Tate
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Obamacare

The White House announced today that the Obamacare individual mandate deadline will likely be pushed back as much as six weeks.

The individual mandate forces Americans to purchase health insurance that meets certain standards, or pay a fine. Currently, individuals have until February 15 to start the Obamacare application process and avoid a penalty. If the mandate is pushed back, however, that deadline will be moved to March. At this time, it is unknown if Congress will need to approve the deadline switch.

The new deadline will give “experts” time to fix the glitches that currently make HealthCare.gov virtually unusable.

“There’s no sugar coating it,” Obama said of the site’s tech failure.

NBC News reports, “As the Obama administration weighed changes to the individual mandate, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it will hold daily briefings to update reporters on the progress of what President Barack Obama has called the “tech surge” to rectify the hitches and glitches on the troubled health care website.

The daily briefings will start Thursday, just two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Obama did not know about the health insurance website’s hitches and glitches until after it was launched three weeks ago.”


It is unclear who, specifically, will be holding the daily briefings.

Since the HealthCare.gov site launched, users have reported overwhelming glitches and error messages. In fact, one survey found that only one in five people who tried to use HealthCare.gov were able to sign up for Obamacare successfully.

Still, Kathleen Sebelius, the HHS Secretary, said she had no concerns about the site prior to October 1. She said, “I think that we talked about having testing going forward, and if we had an ideal situation and could have built a product in, you know, a five-year period of time we probably would have taken five years, but we didn’t have five years. We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law.”

Do you think it is good that Obama finally decided to delay the individual mandate?

It makes one wonder why he fought so hard against the Republicans, when they initially pushed to fund the entire government except Obamacare (their goal was to push back the individual mandate one year).

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Kristin Tate is a multi-media reporter for Breitbart News and BenSwann.com. Dedicated to fearless journalism, she regularly works on undercover stings with James O'Keefe to reveal government waste, abuse, and fraud. Tate was a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) Chapter President and Founder. She will continue to fight tirelessly for individual liberty and free markets through new media. Visit Kristin's website at www.TheLibertarianChick.com.

  • Davidcarondc

    This is going to be interesting!

  • Brian Cambrel

    White House has stated the NBC News is wrong via Deputy Secretary Josh Earnest on Twitter.

    • Fast ED

      Yep Here It Is Brian!!!

      FACT: The individual mandate timing has not changed. The deadline for signing up for insurance is March 31. It was true this morning. It is true tonight.

      · Under ACA, if you have access to affordable coverage but choose to be uninsured for 3 consecutive months in a calendar year, you would face a penalty. In other words, you need to have insurance by the end of March to avoid a penalty in 2014. In the Marketplaces, you have to sign up by the 15th of a given month in order for health insurance to start on the first day of the next month. In other words, you have to sign up by Dec. 15th to get coverage starting Jan 1; or by January 15th to get coverage February 1. As a result, some have asked whether consumers could face a tax penalty if they don’t enroll in coverage by Feb. 15th of next year. This is not the case. If you sign up for insurance by the end of March, you will not face a penalty. The guidance that the Administration will issue soon will reinforce this.

  • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

    Which Enumerated Power authorizes the federal government to “force” me to “purchase” healthcare?

    Which Enumerated Power authorizes the federal government to “force” me to “purchase” healthcare for OTHERS: Bushcare (Medicare Part D), Reagancare (“forcing” hospitals to treat), Medicare, Medicaid or Disability.

  • videoTHL

    I’d like an in-depth video of Ben (akin to the Ben from back during his red-state-blue-state Ron Paul coverage days) detailing the differences in how Obamacare was SOLD to voters before it was signed in, and after it was signed in, by comparison. Particularly the won’t-be-a-tax and this-is-a-tax bait and switch maneuver..

  • Jessica Boyce Kornegay

    I’d like to see it delayed indefinitely since it’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL to FORCE Americans to PAY for something they DON’T WANT!!!!!!

    • Redheaded Stepchild

      The problem rests with the fact that the SCOTUS declared that it’s a “tax,” and since one of Congress’s job is to levy taxes, it’s constitutional. Perhaps it’s time we rail against an excessive and unfair TAX???

      • Jacob Nyhart

        Except that the tax is being levied in a bill that originated in the Senate and not the House – thus rendering it unconstitutional. I would say the SCotUS screwed the pooch by not declaring it unconstitutional based on those grounds – but it wasn’t argued against based on those grounds (they can only judge on the merit of the case as it is argued before them), so it set the foundation for future arguments. The administration played the game to win by changing the rules midway and the SCotUS couldn’t do a thing about it. My question is this: Why has nobody challenged the law based on that aspect of the its unconstitutionality.

        • Redheaded Stepchild

          The House created a bill (H.R. 3590, a bill having to do with a tax break for military service members…something that was to change something in the Internal Revenue Code), and passed it; the Senate then changed that bill completely, turned it into the ACA, voted on it, and sent it back to the House where it was approved (or whatever they do). HR3590 became the Affordable Care Act. So basically, the Senate did a bait-and-switch.

          Sorting out the following might give you the same headache it gave me:
          http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:SP02786:

      • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

        False. Congress’s job is to levy taxes FOR ONLY THAT WHICH FALLS WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION – INCLUDING THE ENUMERATED POWERS (Article 1, Section 8). Anything OUTSIDE of the Constitution (like healthcare) IS FORBIDDEN TERRITORY for the federal government, per the 10th Amendment (that actually WENT SO FAR AS TO CODIFY… what was already OBVIOUSLY implied). I DON’T GIVE A DAMN what ANY GAGGLE OF CORRUPT ROBED KINGS DECREE! Obamacare, Bushcare (Medicare Part D), Reagancare (FORCING hospitals to treat EVERYONE), Medicare, Medicaid, Disability, etc… are ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL and MUST BE REJECTED AND NULLIFIED BY THE STATES! And the States HAVE A DUTY to protect their citizens from ANY ATTEMPTS TO “ENFORCE” this JUNK LAW!

        • Redheaded Stepchild

          Nullification is the only recourse that I can see, so you and I basically agree. How do WE THE PEOPLE enforce the Constitution?

    • Redheaded Stepchild

      The problem rests with the fact that the SCOTUS declared that it’s a “tax,” and since one of Congress’s job is to levy taxes, it’s constitutional. Perhaps it’s time we rail against an excessive and unfair TAX???

    • Daniel Olson

      Kind of like income tax? Auto insurance? property taxes? (BTW I disagree with all of these)

      • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

        1. Income tax. The sneaky 16th Amendment was NEVER properly ratified – hence is JUNK LAW. Unconstitutional.

        2. Auto Insurance. As IDIOTIC, unfair, UN-American and PULSING WITH FRAUD, as mandatory car insurance is, it’s State-mandated and has nothing to do with the federal Constitution.

        3. Property tax. Property tax is EVIL. With property tax, American PRIVATE PROPERTY has been ELIMINATED. NOBODY who is forced to submit to property tax OWNS THEIR PROPERTY. However, this EVIL is LOCAL, so the federal Constitution is not violated.

        • workingpoor

          I agree that all of these suck but i don’t encourage people to fight it unless they want to go to jail for tax evasion. Many people have tried to fight it and are sitting in prison cells. If you do not pay your property tax your property could get sold out from under you, If you do not have auto insurance you will get a ticket sooner or later.
          I have never heard of anyone successfully fighting and winning on any of these issues have you?

        • Cap’n Tightpants

          Also, only liability coverage is mandated by states, meaning the minimum coverage needed is to pay for damage and injuries you do to others, not yourself. I’d much rather someone had insurance to replace my totaled car and pay my hospital bills after they run a red light and T-bone me.

  • NEO

    how can they just delay it.. ??? they do illegal things like its nothing.. bunch of commies.. it wont even be ready by then either.. watch it be a year from now ah geez guys we need another delay.. but its a good product i swear!!

  • AsleepNoMore

    Obama now OWNS the shutdown. It will likely be delayed yet again. Sebelius didn’t have five years to get the web site right? Boo freakin’ hoo! As a programmer, any team I have ever worked with would have done a better job at lower cost.

  • Guest

    What a quagmire

  • bobfairlane

    Bananacare needs to be thrown out entirely. The individual Obama needs to be mandated to serve for his crimes against America.

  • Fast ED

    FACT: The individual mandate timing has not changed. The deadline for signing up for insurance is March 31. It was true this morning. It is true tonight.

    · Under ACA, if you have access to affordable coverage but choose to be uninsured for 3 consecutive months in a calendar year, you would face a penalty. In other words, you need to have insurance by the end of March to avoid a penalty in 2014. In the Marketplaces, you have to sign up by the 15th of a given month in order for health insurance to start on the first day of the next month. In other words, you have to sign up by Dec. 15th to get coverage starting Jan 1; or by January 15th to get coverage February 1. As a result, some have asked whether consumers could face a tax penalty if they don’t enroll in coverage by Feb. 15th of next year. This is not the case. If you sign up for insurance by the end of March, you will not face a penalty. The guidance that the Administration will issue soon will reinforce this.

    • Guest

      Nothing Is Has Been Changed In The Law, Just As With The Employer Mandate They Are Choosing NOT To Enforce The Law…

  • Kimber_TLE

    Bull-feather alert!

    The open enrollment has always been March 31st, 2014. Let’s take a ride, shall we?

    Politico. Now who could be less biased than this fine group? 10/22/13 5:30 PM EDT, “The move makes Shaheen, of New Hampshire, the first Senate Democrat to come out for extending the open enrollment period, which is scheduled to end on March 31.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/jeanne-shaheen-calls-for-open-enrollment-extension-98700.html#ixzz2idotTyWl

    CNN October 21, 2013:
    In the sidebar, “Oct. 1 — March 31 open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces.
    In the article, “Open enrollment runs between October 1 and March 31.
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/26/health/obamacare-open-enrollment/

    Obamacare web site – and we know they can’t work overnight, it has always said “March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends.”
    https://www.healthcare.gov/what-key-dates-do-i-need-to-know/

    Unless all the following sites were clairvoyant, Obama ain’t givin’ nobody nutting!

    _____________________________________________________________________
    Obamacare: Forcing you to buy insurance you don’t want at a price you can’t afford from a website that doesn’t work since October 2013®

  • Jessica Ortiz

    for the sake of your credibility, take this article down. it’s not true. white house denied it yesterday….

  • Daniel Olson

    “Among Obamacare supporters, 23 percent said they had no trouble logging on. But just 8 percent of Obamacare opponents reported no technical issues.”
    Funny how that works. But Shouldnt Obamacare opponents be happy about this?.. after all they WANT it not to work!
    Once you’ve decided something is a piece of crap.. you will treat it like one, no matter how potentially useful it may be.

    • LocalHero

      An alien invasion that completely wipes out the entire population of the Earth is “potentially useful.” What kind of standard is that?

      • Daniel Olson

        ROFL This is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh. i’m going to copy and paste your response to facebook. Thats the most ignorant statement I’ve seen all week.

  • poof

    Doesn’t matter to me and the people I know.We have 0 chance of signing up.Who wants to give the IRS a master key to all of their private information?

  • Jared Baker

    this is such a complete JOKE….are we really to be Believe and swallow this site just wasn’t designed right wasn’t tested?

    the site was designed to fail…. spending 600 million on a site and then it doesn’t work????

    i know government is incompetent…but can it be THIS incompetent? that HIGH up in the government and combined with obamacare being his baby / pet project; none of this smells right…

  • Ken D

    I just love the way Obama picks and chooses laws he wants us to follow, and changes them whenever he feels like it. PURE DICTATOR. Get a set of balls and fight this, Republicans!!!

  • LocalHero

    Don’t care. Won’t comply.

  • jason

    Nobody in my household and even my neighborhood now is going to comply.