A life changing event like marriage, loss of a job, a new baby, etc. will allow you to purchase a policy but the rest of you folks are out of luck. Short term insurance is, of course, available but that will cost you dearly. So who may be looking for insurance in teh intervening mnths between Mach 31st and teh next open enrollment at teh end of teh year? Sick people of course and what a headline that will make on Drudge or Fox or some other media source not beholden to the Obama regime.
Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won't be able to buy health insurance until end of year
By Jim Angle Published April 09, 2014
There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.
"It's all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1," says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.
John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, "People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that's part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months."
That means that with few exceptions, tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.
Only about one in four subsidy-eligible people signed up for health insurance," says Robert Laszewski of Health Policy Associates. "That means about 13 million subsidy-eligible people have not yet signed up for health insurance."
Add to that millions more who waited, or thought the policies under ObamaCare were too expensive and decided just to pay the tax penalty.
Although those who failed to buy insurance during the enrollment period could face a government penalty, most will not have to pay that penalty until they do their taxes next year.
“In all likelihood," says Laszewski, "we've only signed up somewhere between one in five and one in seven people who were uninsured prior to the start of ObamaCare."
That means millions are left outside the health insurance market. There is short term insurance, but anyone with a pre-existing condition can be turned down.
Article continues here: http://www.foxnews.c...578774735426773
Edited by Merc14, 09 April 2014 - 06:30 PM.