WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s Wednesday night announcement that individuals have been granted an additional 6 weeks to sign up for Obamacare without penalty, extending the deadline for penalty-free enrollment to March 31st:
“Last night, the White House granted Americans a six-week delay before incurring penalties due to more flaws in Obamacare.
“Regardless of the excuses offered by the Administration, this announcement reflects fundamental problems with Obamacare that continue to trouble the American people and cost jobs. I have already been contacted by Hoosiers sighting increased premiums and difficulty navigating the health care exchange website—the complaints keep stacking up. Just yesterday we learned the Franciscan Alliance, one of the state’s largest hospital systems, is cutting 925 jobs—citing Obamacare as a factor.
“A six-week grace period is no more than a Band-Aid. Instead, I urge the White House and Senate to join the House and pass a permanent delay for the individual mandate to prevent forced enrollment into a poorly structured health care system. It is time for Congress to work together on a step-by-step approach that will efficiently lower health care cost and provide quality care to patients.”
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Walorski authored a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting health insurance exchange enrollment numbers for the State of Indiana, particularly the Second District. Since open enrollment began on October 1st, several malfunctions have been reported with the health care exchange website.