For months all eyes have been on October 1 — the first day people can sign up for Obamacare.
But as that day approaches, many people working on the nuts and bolts of the health law are tamping down any expectations of a sign-up stampede.
Not everyone will enroll immediately. And that, they say, is the way they want it.
Translation: despite the fact that the feds will be spending $12 million to advertise the new exchanges at the end of September, and that various states are spending several times that number for their own, specific exchanges… the government doesn’t want any of that advertising to in fact succeed, apparently. Nah, they’d much prefer that people hammer the sites in December; although why anybody would do that, either, is not really explained. Anybody without insurance at that point is looking at a hundred buck fine that won’t even hit until the year after next, anyway. And that’s assuming that the White House doesn’t delay the individual mandate ‘temporarily.’ So I’m missing wht the government is expecting a surge of sign-ups, ever…
Yes, I know, I’m being deliberately obtuse. Articles like the above one from Politico are what you get when the government is having a slow-motion train wreck of a new policy rollout.