Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Rep. Roby: Obamacare is fundmentally flawed, links to Sebelius saying deadline won't change

March 26, 2014
Roby in the News

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, reacted today to news out of the Obama administration that the deadline for enrolling in a plan under the Affordable Care Act can be extended if you have started but not finished the process.

“Two weeks ago, I sat in an appropriations hearing when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said point blank that the deadline was firm and would not be changed,” Roby said in a release from her Washington D.C. office. “If President Obama's chief healthcare administrator isn't going to tell the truth to Congress, he shouldn't send her to testify."

The deadline is March 31, but the Washington Post reported that anyone who has begun to apply but didn't finish by Monday's deadline will have to mid-April for an extension. The exact date will be determined by how many people request the extension which is granted on the honor system.

“This delay serves to hide the reality that Obamacare is fundamentally flawed and needs to be replaced with a patient-centered system that isn't run by the government," Roby said in the release.

Roby's news release linked to a video exchange between Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, (R-Tenn.) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Mr. Fleischmann: And I want a yes-or-no answer: Will you or will you not delay the individual enrollment deadline on any other aspect of Obamacare?

Secretary Sebelius: The enrollment deadline will not be delayed, as I said yesterday…But the enrollment deadline, which was set out to end March 31st, will end March 31st.

Mr. Fleischmann: Okay. So then we agree that there is no statutory authority to extend these deadlines and that they will not be extended.

Secretary Sebelius: The enrollment deadline will be March 31st.

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