Washington (WAOK/Fox News) — President Barack Obama has decided to push back the date for the second round of enrollment under his Affordable Care Act. The original date set for October 15, 2014 was pushed back to November 15, 2014 in order to allow insurance companies more time to evaluate the Healthcare.Gov marketplace and also let them accommodate consumers who file late. Enrollment for health insurance through Healthcare.gov will continue through January 15, 2015 instead of December 7, 2014, enabling consumers the chance to learn about plans before enrolling, so their enrollment will be more smooth than the marketplace has been able to provide.

The push back of dates is especially suitable for the Obama Administration, moving the deadline date to after midterm elections. The administration hopes to ease the anger of voters and politicians. Surprisingly a large number of democrats have been critical of the roll out. The Obama Administration has been hounded due to the flaws associated with the Healthcare.gov website. The website has been a source of grief, grip and complaint from consumers and politicians. Due to the issues associated with the website, President Obama has permitted states and insurance companies to offer cancelled policies back to former clients and has even pushed back the first phase enrollment deadline to March 31, 2014.

V-103 and WAOK will continue to hold healthcare forums to inform listeners about changes to the ACA as well as offer help in navigating the healthcare.gov website. The next forum will take place on December 12, 2013 at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. The focus will be how the ACA affects small business owners.

Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)


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