Obamacare holdouts. You know who you are. You don’t have health coverage, and you’re resisting the pressure to sign up by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment. Do you really think it’s better to pay a tax penalty, receiving nothing in return, than to get affordable coverage that protects you in the event of illness or accident? Here are some reasons to convince you otherwise.
Open enrollment for Obamacare ends March 31. If you don’t have qualified health coverage and you want to avoid a costly tax penalty, you need to choose a plan and enroll by the end of the month.
Before today, your only option for signing up was HealthCare.gov, the U.S. government’s website*. HealthCare.gov has generated a lot of bad press and bad tempers due to the many glitches and outages since its launch last fall. You may have already spent frustrating hours trying but failing to secure coverage.
On the heels of yesterday’s post about private websites like eHealth selling Obamacare health coverage, we read with great interest this Huffington Post story by Jeffery Young. Apparently, the White House is listening, and they want to let private companies enroll subsidy-eligible individuals and families as soon as possible. Finally, the millions still shopping for new coverage effective January 1 should soon be able to bypass healthcare.gov and buy directly from private companies. Continue reading →