NPR Story
5:20 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Healthcare Deadline Approaches, Some Choose Not To Sign Up

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:13 pm

Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. Glitches in the Healthcare.gov website were a major obstacle to signing up.

Lately, it’s been running smoothly, handling a major uptick in visitors in recent weeks. Although, it did experience some glitches this morning due to heavy traffic.

But technical malfunction has hardly been the only thing stopping people from getting in on the plan.

Millions of Americans are simply refusing. One of them is Jim Moore, who opposes what he calls the Affordable Care Act’s overreach.

Moore joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss his reasons for not signing up for healthcare through the government.

For those who have not yet signed up but want to, there are signs that the administration will once again extend the deadline for some people.

NPR’s health policy correspondent Julie Rovner discusses the website glitches and clarifies the exceptions to the deadline.

Guests

  • Jim Moore, a certified public accountant in Denver, Colo., who is choosing not to sign up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent for NPR. She tweets @jrovner.
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