Most people won’t be able to buy any health insurance — even outside the Obamacare exchanges — until the first of next year, locking tens of millions of people out of coverage now that the March 31 signup deadline has passed.
“People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that’s part of Obamacare,” John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis told Fox News. “What makes it so surprising is the whole point of Obamacare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months.”
John DiVito, the president of Flexbenefit, said that signups are “all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the Affordable Care Act until next year on Jan. 1.”
On April 1, the day after the Obamacare signup deadline, President Barack Obama, in a Rose Garden address, celebrated a better-than-expected 7.1 million sign-ups for health coverage that he said should end the debate over whether the law should be repealed.
But not everybody is celebrating that number, saying there are far more people who still don’t have insurance and won’t be able to get it until next year.