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Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 4:00 a.m. MDT

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Hayden, ID

Forcing some people to work for that which they will not receive so others may receive that which they did not work used to be called slavery. Now its called Obamacare!

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

>>Forcing some people to work for that which they will not receive so others may receive that which they did not work used to be called slavery. Now its called Obamacare!

Or, for my (millennial) generation, Social Security.

Salt Lake City, UT

"We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don't actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014." — Health and Human Services (HHS) official Julie Bataille, March 11

“Once that 2014 open enrollment period has been set, they are set permanently.” – HHS official Michael Hash, March 11

"March 31st is the deadline for enrollment. You’ve heard us make that clear." – Press Secretary Jay Carney, March 21

“There is no delay beyond March 31.” – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, March 12

Honor system. Hah!

Deep Space 9, Ut

Why is it that Obama is allowed to write law via executive order? Where are the liberals out there that complained about Bush using executive orders or signing statements to make law?

Utah Health Policy Project
Salt Lake City, UT

Here are some facts about this extension:

>>There will be a "grace period" (ie. special enrollment period) for people who try to enroll through healthcare.gov before March 31st but are unable to complete enrollment.
>>People who are stuck in the process or otherwise unable to complete enrollment before March 31st will need to go to their healthcare.gov account and check a new box indicating they tried to complete enrollment before March 31st.
>>People will have until April 15th to check this box, but it seems like they will still be able to complete enrollment after April 15th.
>>REMINDER: You must start your application before March 31 to take advantage of this grace period.
>>If you finish your application and select a plan before April 15th, the new coverage will start May 1, and individuals won't be fined.
-If you need help signing up for insurance, contact Take Care Utah at takecareutah-dot-org or call 2-1-1 (all assistance is free)

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm convinced Obamacare was simply a ruse to convince the public that they have to have a "single-payer" system.

Obamacare simply won't work. Here's a few reasons: not enough young, healthy people are signing up. Also due to the writing of the law(unless Obama issues another one of his "edicts") the IRS doesn't have the statutory authority to collect the tax from those who have to pay at the end of the year additional personal income taxes. Then there's the issue of "subsidies". It WOULD be nice if some other country would be willing to pay our "subsidies", but they aren't! Eventually we will all have to pay for our healthcare costs.
How about the people who purchased Obamacare and find that their deductibles are in the thousands of dollars?
It does no good whatsoever to offer even inexpensive insurance to people who can't afford the premiums, much less the deductible. They simply WILL choose not to participate.

Question is: how much more $$$$ will taxpayers have to spend on a program thats' doomed to failure?

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