ObamaCare’s Oct. 1 start date is not as set-in-stone as Obama wants you to think

doa3Depending on which side of the aisle you stand, you are either eagerly awaiting or completely dreading Oct. 1—that is, the launch date of ObamaCare.

However, no matter what your opinion of the (Un)Affordable Care Act, as The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff has pointed out, the Oct. 1 deadline is actually completely arbitrary—it never once shows up in the text of the legislation. In fact, the actual launch date is Jan. 1, the day the individual mandate and any purchased plans will go into effect.

So why all the hubbub over Oct. 1? Well, because October through December is being used as a “soft launch” to “sort out the kinks.” However, this, like everything else in ObamaCare, has its problems:

One big unknown for states is how many people will head to the marketplace during this soft launch phase. Numerous consumer marketing campaigns are underway, and there will no doubt be copious media coverage when the switch gets flipped on the first of October.

At the same time, there’s little financial incentive to buy coverage in October that won’t take effect in January. Some experts I’ve interviewed expect that there won’t be heavy take-up until January, or even March of next year, when the individual mandate is in effect and open enrollment nears its end. It’s hard to know because the country has never done something like this before.

Why would anyone buy health coverage on Oct. 1 that doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1? Especially if said health coverage is completely overpriced and not tailored to fit their needs?

Republicans have been counting down the doomsday clock until Oct. 1, proclaiming that if we can’t defeat ObamaCare by then, then we’re just going to have to live with it. Maybe, just maybe, that isn’t the case.

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  • http://AmericanLiberty Bernie

    All Congress has to do is DEFUND IT.The House Holds the purse strings.Let Obama whine about shutting down the gov.It wont happen and somebody has to stand up to this Socialist. Turn him down and nothing will happen. Obama is sorry excuse for a president. His main staple is take the money from the working people and give it to the bums who don’t want to work.This president is the worst this country has ever seen.He cant blame Bush no more, so he brings up racism. He is the racist along with those other jerks.Holder, Jessie and jailbird Sharpton.