The Obamacare deadline is Monday, according to a Dec. 23 Yahoo News report. This means that for those uninsured Americans, today is the deadline to sign up for coverage starting on the first of the new year under President Obama’s healthcare law.
But as with everything else, there is an exception. A “hardship” exception allows some Americans not to sign up for Obamacare without penalty. This exception applies to those who have had problems with Obamacare and the infamous website Healthcare.gov.
The Obama administration is hoping that the holiday spirit will infuse some goodwill and good faith into those taking the exception. “We'll have a special enrollment period,” a senior Obama administration official said, for “all those who make a good faith effort to get enrolled by the deadline” but fail to do so.
Fox 28 News reports that prior to the website malfunction, the original plan under Obamacare was that Americans who enrolled by Dec. 23 and paid in full would be insured starting Jan. 1. President Obama, however, continues to express confidence that things are working well.
“The law is working,” President Obama said in a statement on Sunday. “If you don't have health insurance, go to [the site] right now and sign up. If you do it before December 23rd, you can be covered on the first day of the New Year. … I'm asking you to spread the word about getting covered.”