Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Looms, Or Not (Al Jazeera America, March 30, 2014)

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event iEthan Glover, a 23-year-old college student in Missouri, is either a hero or a villain — depending on your political point of view.

Despite Monday’s enrollment deadline for President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform legislation, known officially as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Glover is not going to sign up.

He believes the individual mandate contained in the law has driven up the cost of insurance for the young. “I have no reason to get it, and prices are too high to make it worthwhile,” he said. “I don’t believe in using the power of government to ‘Robin Hood’ people or force them to buy something they don’t need or want.” Glover, who served four years in the military, said he has no plans to purchase insurance either before the deadline or after it passes.

But with the latest cutoff date almost here — albeit subject to yet another partial extension — the picture emerging over ACA sign-up rates is deeply complex. Supporters would argue that registration levels have almost hit their targets and are a great success, given the shaky start. Critics would point out that the legislation remains a political hot potato and is unpopular with many Americans who — like Glover — are still staying away from it.

What few would argue with is that the path of signing up for the ACA — as the act transitions from law to on-the-ground reality — has not been easy. Even the deadline date has been a moving target.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera America: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/30/obamacare-enrollmentdeadlineloomsornot.html

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