Year-long delay for small business insurance website is latest missed deadline for health law

  • Article by: CARLA K. JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 28, 2013 - 4:01 AM

CHICAGO — Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website.

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cashncareyNov. 28, 13 8:00 AM

Another day, another Obamacare failure. When do we put an end to this liberal, government takeover? How many people must be hurt before we stop this fraud?

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johnnycgoodNov. 28, 13 8:05 AM

The move, announced Wednesday, was needed because repairs are still underway to the troubled HealthCare.gov website, ------- uh huh, I believe that (wink wink). It wouldn't have anything to do with the election next year, would it? After all, I thought the website was supposed to be fixed at the end of this week.

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crystalbayNov. 28, 1312:03 PM

Trouble with the web site portal and not being able to navigate it in time does not mean that the same plans won't be available; it means that small employers will have to use other means to make them available. For that, they'll need extra time. People don't seem to understand that ACA is still accessible to them, just not from the federal web site. It'd be well worth their while to help their employees set up and choose a plan because the employer gets a 35% tax credit for the cost of these plans which didn't exist until now.

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drichmnNov. 28, 1312:25 PM

"it means that small employers will have to use other means to make them available. " ... the same means they've always used in the past namely brokers, agents, and insurers. Can't see that's a big deal for them since they'll still be able to get the plans. And in states that have their own exchange they'll be able to use those websites.

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nicesiglegNov. 28, 1312:30 PM

Crystal, Our company uses Medica. A Medica representative was in our office last week and explained in great detail all the negative changes due to Obamacare. The website has been a 3 plus year project and cost roughly 600 million tax dollars and doesn't work. The same plans are NOT available as promised by the guy you continue to defend despite a long list of failures, lies, and corruption. Regardless of the facts, people like you apologize for this failure as if you are in some kind of a trance. It's really quite unbelievable to watch.

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lothlornNov. 28, 13 2:02 PM

Only ones who support this train wreak of a law are Liberals and those who want something for nothing. Repeal this bad law.

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crystalbayNov. 28, 1310:05 PM

"you continue to defend despite a long list of failures, lies, and corruption. ".....................There is no "corruption" at all, so stop with your own lies, sir. The "long list of failures" has to do ONLY with the software computer problems, not the law itself. Just take a look at the 10 states smart enough to have formed their own exchanges - it's going better than expected, even in a red state like Kentucky. Calling a brand new law - the first health reform in history - a failure before it's even off the ground is utterly ludicrous. I realize that anything/everything attached to Obama is automatically attacked and rejected by the right wing and this is disgusting.

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rmoore1754Nov. 29, 13 4:32 PM

Just another example of failed executive leadership by a community organizer.

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nicesiglegNov. 30, 13 4:13 PM

Fast and Furious? Benghazi? IRS? NSA? If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Sure crystalbay, no lies, no corruption, no failures. You sound really intelligent, don't you think?

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