Sebelius: Affordable Care Act “Delay Is Not An Option”

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday told Congress that it isn’t worth delaying the implementation of new Obamacare rules, or taking down the botched website, in spite of the ongoing problems.

“Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t delay people’s cancer or diabetes or Parkinson’s,” Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee. “For millions of Americans, delay is not an option.”

She stressed that the open enrollment period for the new Obamacare insurance marketplace lasts through the end of March. “There’s plenty of time to sign up for the new plans,” she said.

Sebelius pointed to the several other aspects of the sweeping health care law that are already benefitting people, such as the rule allowing 7 million young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans, the rule helping seniors cover the cost of the Medicare “donut hole,” and the rule eliminating copays for preventive care. She also pointed out that premiums on the new Obamacare marketplace are lower than they were predicted to be.

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