The Obama administration is delaying ObamaCare enrollment for small businesses and Spanish speakers.
Small businesses will not be able to buy health insurance through new online marketplaces when they launch next week, the Health and Human Services Department said.
HHS said the new marketplaces for small businesses, known as SHOP exchanges, will open on Oct. 1 for employers to review their options. But employers won't be able to sign up online until November.
The Spanish-language version of healthcare.gov, the federal portal for ObamaCare enrollment, also would not be able to process applications when it launches next week, according to The Associated Press.
White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed concerns over the small business delay, saying that "what is absolutely true is that on Oct. 1, everyone will be able to enroll one way or another."
Carney also noted that unlike with individual enrollees, who must register within the first six months, small businesses could buy into the exchanges at any time.
"The small business program is forever open," Carney said.
Carney said Spanish speakers will be available by telephone to walk enrollees through the registration process. He also said 70 percent of Hispanic Americans will be accessing the registration through the English language portal.
I think I've gotten to the point with this monstrosity to just let it happen. I've seen enough evidence showing that it will fail epically and am just going to wait for that to happen.
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Yes they are from a legit temp agency. The wording in the document just seemed suspect, not only to me but my Reg HR Mgr as well. And no, if he don't know what this law will bring and he is getting last minute direction from our external legal counsel, I think there may be much that surprises us in the law. I hear NPR stories on it on a daily basis and learn something new with every story so It is hard to tell what will come of it good or bad.