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March 31 Obamacare deadline extended for millions

Adding more confusion to the fire of the Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare, last night, March 25, 2014, the Obama administration confirmed Americans will not be penalized if they fail to complete and pay for their 2014 health care premiums on what everyone thought as the deadline of midnight, March 31, 2014. That said, millions of Americans are already being penalized by reduced paychecks since their work hours have been reduced due to Obamacare.

In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares of the uninsured remain unaware of the law’s individual mandate and the looming deadline to sign up for coverage.

The extension is expected to be granted to millions who have started signing up on the website, however have not yet finished their application. Specifically, enrollees will need to check the blue box found on the site where they are entering their information.

Last night, Julie Bataille, Director of Communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said, “We are . . . making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone."

Regardless of this new information the Health and Human Services website as well as website both say the deadline remains firm for March 31. This is only the latest in a continuing series of flops by President Obama's landmark legislation. To date Politico counts this being the tenth serious delay or change to Obamacare and the New York Times is now at 16 including last night's announcement.

Libertarians have been vocal about their opposition to Obamacare's passage and the following Supreme Court decision. 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said at the time:

“Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty. It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.

There is one thing we know about health care. Government cannot create a system that will reduce costs while increasing access. Only competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish the imperatives of affordability and availability. Whether it is the President’s plan or the Republican prescription drug benefit, the idea that anyone in Washington can somehow manage one of the most essential and substantial parts of both our quality of life and the economy is, and always has been, fundamentally wrong.

We can never know how many Americans are out of work today because of the uncertainty the monstrous health care law has caused. The Court has done nothing to remove that burden.

Nothing about today’s decision changes the basic reality that it is impossible to eliminate deficit spending and remove the smothering consequences of federal debt without dramatically reducing the costs of Medicare and Medicaid. And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have given the slightest hint of willingness to do so.”

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