Obamacare | The Government's Takeover of Health Care
4 Out of 5 Obamacare Enrollees Eligible for Taxpayer Subsidy
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:14
Written by Justin Credible
On the final day to sign up for Obamacare - March 31st - the government-run health care website was back to its old self: the website had crashed, leaving it unusable. However, during the final stretch, it was reported that four out of five people enrolling are eligible for tax credits, reducing their out of pocket costs for Obamacare and increasing the cost to taxpayers. The real question is whether or not the Obama regime will be cracking the whip and fining those who don't have health care coverage. That remains to be seen.
The deadline is midnight Monday to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama's health-care law. So far, about 4 of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums.
"HealthCare.gov marketplace application and enrollment system is currently unavailable. The tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible," the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Monday morning.
By about 8 a.m. ET, the enrollment system was back up and running. The online application had been unavailable since 3:20 a.m.
Consumers also can complete applications offline by calling 1-800-318-2596, the agency said. The federal data services hub is working normally.
Millions of people have logged onto the site in the last few days, and the federal government said as of last week, 6 million people had applied for insurance.
The administration announced an extension for those who had started an application by Monday but didn't finish, perhaps because of errors, missing information or website glitches. HHS says as long as people have gotten in line by Monday, they will be allowed to finish their applications.
The government says it will accept paper applications until April 7 and take as much time as necessary to handle unfinished cases on HealthCare.gov.
Justin Credible is a contributing editor for Habledash.