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Ah so winning US health care is like winning the lottery. If you get sick in the enrollment period you are as good as gold, but otherwise you have to survive a full year because nobody can afford next year's Obamacare. Wow.
originally posted by: EightAhoy
a reply to: fractal5
I believe one can simply wait until they are sick, then get the insurance, then drop it after the bills are paid.
No, you cannot enroll at will, or according to an emerging need. The enrollment period runs through February 28/29, with special exemption extended through March 31 if you had your policy cancelled by a previous insurer.
Addendum: However, if you are insured through you employer, most employers have a different enrollment period, usually bi-annually.