More Senate Dems call for Obamacare enrollment extension
October 25th, 2013
11:08 AM ET
8 years ago

More Senate Dems call for Obamacare enrollment extension

(CNN) - A Democratic effort to extend open enrollment for health care insurance beyond March 31 has picked up steam.

The effort, led by New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, has now been joined by nine other Senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California, Kay Hagan from North Carolina and Mark Udall from Colorado.

Citing ongoing problems with the federal health care website, the group sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting she extend the enrollment.

Democratic senator asks Obama to delay Obamacare deadline


Filed under: Health care • Senate
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. cumulus

    Is this really necessary? If it takes a while to fix the website, postpone the deadline, what's the big hubbub

    October 25, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    No need for an extension when people can pick up a phone and enroll.

    October 25, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. CA Independent

    Warning: The following statement is dripping with sarcasm.

    I can't believe these turncoats would actually resort to common sense!!

    October 25, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Probably inevitable, given the complexity of the problem. I will agree with conservatives on one point only on this subject: businesses should not get a years' extension while everyone else doesn't. But then, businesses can afford to lobby Washington, while we can't.

    October 25, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -CA Independent

    Warning: The following statement is dripping with sarcasm.

    I can't believe these turncoats would actually resort to common sense!!
    *****************
    Warning: The following comment is not dripping with sarcasm.

    Where were you when the GOP flushed 26 billion down the toilet in 16 days? That situation was an exercise in poor judgement if there ever was one. So, a pragmatic decision warrents your sarcasm, but a suicidal fiscal tapdance did not?

    October 25, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Bubba Jackson in Texas

    Glad I am on that government ran insurance called
    MEDICARE. I have never had a problem with this
    government ran insurance.

    October 25, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. curtegg

    The latest sign of this law failing is showing in the sign up numbers. So far from the state exchanges over 70% sign ups are for medicaid and not private insurance. If this trend continues the whole system will collapse under its own weight. Also, in California where there is such praise over 160k people are finding that Kaiser is dropping their policies forcing them into more expensive and higher deductible policies.

    Way to go Obama!

    October 25, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. just saying

    the house republicans and the tea party have been right all along. obamacare is a disaster and needs to be stopped, not postponed. every step of the way, this law has proven unworkable and a fiasco. how many changes has obama unilaterally and illegally made to it? many.

    postponing this only means postponing a known disaster. if the democrats do not admit they royally screwed up with obamacare and stop it, it will spell the death of the democrat party. hundreds of thousands of people are already receiving their health insurance cancellations because of obamacare. a fact that proves the democrats and obama lied to the american people from day one to force this mess down our throats.

    obamacare is a fraud and a scam and needs to be stopped. if democrats refuse to understand and accept this fact, then the american people will throw them out en masse in 2014 just as they did in 2010.

    October 25, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Harold Richards

    As the insurance companies are laughing themselves silly all the way to the bank!
    48 million uninsured US citizens = 48 million guaranteed customers!

    October 25, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    Poor Dems.; they are the Party of Common Sense these days but they get attacked at a 5th Grade Level for their troubles.

    October 25, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. ED1

    The last time I saw this web site could only hold 50,000 names a year and it would take more than 15 years to get everyone on the site.

    Just another example our Government can't run a business much less our Government.

    We have got to get term limits and no retirement perks unless it's a system like we have in the real working world a 401K that we put money into and if the Company wants to match it great but they don't have to. Just like insurance they shouldn't have to be forced provide it only if they want to.

    Our Government has no right to tell a Business of what benefit they have to give that's their choice not the Government that becomes a Dictator not free choice.

    October 25, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. anonymous

    sonny chapman
    Poor Dems.; they are the Party of Common Sense these days but they get attacked at a 5th Grade Level for their troubles.
    --

    a party that is told the system doesn't work and yet blasts forward into sure failure is hardly a party of common sense!! it is the party of arrogance and stupidity.

    October 25, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. ashton

    There should be a very sobering thought here that NO medical system can be better than taking personal responsibility for one's health. So, despite the apparent technical failure and the projected costs for ACA, it must be emphasised that the cost for health world wide with all countries will continue to raise. So, the cradle solution is to start with one's own habits and move forward. ACA or any other system is and "after effect" solution. Sure a universal health plan would be needed. However, if we were to start with our own health plan, the future would be better for the Universal government plan.

    October 25, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    Probably inevitable, given the complexity of the problem. I will agree with conservatives on one point only on this subject: businesses should not get a years' extension while everyone else doesn't. But then, businesses can afford to lobby Washington, while we can't.
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    It's not because of one's ability or inability to lobby Washington. It's because without the individual mandate, the law implodes (from a financial standpoint). Pre-existing conditions, parental coverage until age 26 – all the "goodies" cost money. Money that was modelled to come from a bunch of young and healthy entering the pool and subsidizing the older and less healthy. Ooops.

    October 25, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. just asking

    Harold Richards
    As the insurance companies are laughing themselves silly all the way to the bank!
    48 million uninsured US citizens = 48 million guaranteed customers!
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    except cbo estimates that there will still be 30 million uninsured people after obamacare is implemented. so just what the heck did we destroy our healthcare system for?? nothing will be gained and tens of millions of americans will lose and have already started to lose.

    October 25, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    Yes, old Gunderson agree. Do extension.. Uh, no. Better idea. Dump "Nanny Care" altogether. This big jumbled mess never get straighten out. But good "Shovel Ready" job, no?

    October 25, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just to be clear and especially for GOPerville: Obamacare is here to stay.

    Yeah, I know. My comment goes against Republican talking points. But, hey ... if Obamacare is ALL that the GOP has left in its election platform (and because it is the only issue CNN is reporting one presumes it is ALL the GOP has left in its platform) GOP/TeaPers are already doomed.

    October 25, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    I believe our President is a prudent and thoughtful man who will grant an extension, if needed. I see no reason to do so now, as there is plenty of time to see how things pan out.
    Everyone should just calm down.

    October 25, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Anonymous: Thanks for proving my point. P.S.-Dems have to balance between being the Party of Common Sense & falling into the tap of Delay= Destroy.

    October 25, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. just saying

    Data Driven
    Probably inevitable, given the complexity of the problem. I will agree with conservatives on one point only on this subject: businesses should not get a years' extension while everyone else doesn't. But then, businesses can afford to lobby Washington, while we can't.
    ---

    businesses didn't lobby for this!! do you think they want to drag this nightmare out forever? uncertainty totally messes up their planning.

    obama unilaterally postponed it because he could see the employment numbers from the first half of 2013 start showing a shift to part time employment and away from ful time positions to avoid obamacare costs. it was done for purely political reasons, and for his benefit and the benefit of the democrat party in the 2014 election. given all the other problems, i doubt it will save them though. obama and the democrats have really shot themselves in the head with obmaacare. republicans have been trying to save you clowns from yourselves, but you havce insisted on playing obamacare roulette with a fully loaded weapon.

    October 25, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. A True Conservative

    No, no, no....you had yourchance during the government shutdown to delay things.....you and the President wouldn't even discuss things until you got everything that you wanted. Well, now you have what you asked for. Let it go. Let people find out the truth behind this scheme. The unfortunate thing is that at this point we will all suffer under what you really want which is single payer. That's what this whole mess has been about all along. Soon we will all be in the same sad shape as Europe....failing under the weight of all of our social programs....as if we aren't already.

    October 25, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. ideaman13

    ...the majority of people that have not signed up for OBAMA CAre are waiting for the free healthcare policy handout....they know they wont be pentalized for not getting health care, its only a threat.

    October 25, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    True Conservative: If your dire predictions comes true, we'll be closer to "The Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth " that Jesus spoke about in Luke 17,20.

    October 25, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Stuffit

    Pretty amazing that more people have lost their health insurance, their doctors and those that haven't lost it have seen their premiums, copays and deductibles increase since October 1. Did the president not say that would never happen. Did he lie. Has the press reported he lied. Are democrat liberal politicians admitting he lied. And now he is talking about how great the immigration reform act will be. Bringing in lots more people for those of us who work and actually pay taxes to support. He wants us to think that because they will accept his payments to vote for the libertards, we will never again have a government of common sense. I am pretty sure he is lying again, I don't know if he has ever told the truth.

    October 25, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    @just sprayin
    "if the democrats do not admit they royally screwed up with obamacare and stop it, it will spell the death of the democrat party. "
    If there was one ounce of truth to this statement you and all the rest of the republicant party would be moving onto something else and letting this happen. You would not lift one finger to stop anything which would "spell the death of the democrat party" and you know it; as does any intelligent person who is paying attention. What you are trying to do (as is your party) is use scare tactics (as always- FEMA death camps!) to keep people away from the program to delay it's success. The fact you are still doing it just proves how fearful of this success you are.

    October 25, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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