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Alexander: Administration Moves Next Year’s Obamacare Insurance Enrollment to After 2014 Election to “Help Democratic Politicians”

Says he’ll offer a legislative solution to reverse decision

Friday, November 22, 2013Liz Wolgemuth 202-228-4729

MARYVILLE – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, released the following statement on a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announcement that it will delay the beginning of the next Obamacare enrollment season by one month, till Nov. 15, 2014, after the midterm elections, instead of beginning open enrollment season on the department’s previously announced date of Oct. 15:

“The only American consumers this change will help are Democratic politicians who voted for Obamacare, because it delays disclosure of some of the law's most insidious effects until after the election.”

Alexander will offer a legislative solution to provide Americans with proper notice of any premium increases before open enrollment on the exchanges begins, irrespective of political considerations, so that Americans will know what premiums they will have to pay in the exchanges before they open.

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