We're now in a commercial break before the start of the second quarter.
So, what will we be focused on going in the second quarter? Offside penalties, that is -- deadlines and confusion over the deadlines.
Fox is reporting:
The deadlines in the ObamaCare enrollment process have been a moving target. For those seeking coverage for the start of the new year, the deadline to sign up was originally Dec. 15. Then it was moved to Dec. 23, and then again to Dec. 24. Even after that deadline passed Tuesday night, the administration announced that those who ran into technical problems on HealthCare.gov could still seek an exemption and get covered by Jan. 1.
Then comes the next set of deadlines. After appeals from the Obama administration, major health insurers announced earlier this month that they would give people until Jan. 10 -- as opposed to Dec. 31 -- to pay their first month's premium and have coverage effective Jan. 1.
But many states running their own exchanges have their own deadlines for first payments. Some have more than one.
In Idaho, for instance, Blue Cross, Bridgespan and Select Health extended their deadline to Jan. 10. But PacificSource extended its deadline to Jan. 15. The deadlines in Washington, D.C., also depend on the insurer.
Other deadlines are earlier. California's and Rhode Island's is Jan. 6. Vermont's is Jan. 7.It was noted that Mr Obama, already covered by the best government health insurance program out there, the military health program (Tricare), has "also" signed up for "Obamacare." He opted to enroll only himself, and did NOT elect to enroll his wife or his daughters (three more folks thrown under the bus, I guess). Not only that, he chose the least expensive plan, a "bronze" program that will cost "only" $400/month. It's hard to believe that's the least expensive plan for a healthy, non-pregnant, relatively young male.