Obamacare website glitches on the deadline day have some people recalling how bad Healthcare.gov was when it first launched. Fortunately, the Federal government is allowing an extension of the Obamacare deadline by making us act all British by queuing up in a virtual line.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Obamacare deadline will only really affect the poor, and not the rich, because of a loophole that limits IRS enforcement of the Affordable Care Act.
According to the White House, all Americans must be signed up for health insurance by March 31, 2014 in order to avoid the Obamacare deadline. The original Obamacare penalty maxes out at $285, or one percent of the income, for a family of four. In 2016, the Obamacare penalty maxes at $695 per person, $2,085 for the family, or 2.5 percent of taxable income, which amounts to $173.75 per month.
Unfortunately, this deadline has created a last minute rush as Americans have started shopping for health insurance on the last day. The day before Christmas also happens to be one of the most popular shopping days, so procrastination is apparently a trend. In this case we don’t have shoppers fighting over the last children’s toy. Instead, the Obamacare website went down for over four hours because of the overwhelming traffic. This time Healthcare.gov is a little more ready because users are redirected to a virtual waiting room.
Besides the new line system, the Obamacare penalty also has another loophole:
“Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth. The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm.”
So, essentially, you can simply say you tried even if you really did not. You can also seek a special enrollment period by contacting the federal call center at 1-855-889-4325.
But officials say last minute Obamacare website glitches are also responsible for the delay. The good news is that the software bug gives another type of extension for those caught in its snares. Users will supposedly receive an email when Healthcare.gov is ready to serve them… maybe.