Karl to Earnest: Why Do People Have To Wait Until After Election To See New Obamacare Premiums?


JOHN KARL, ABC NEWS: The enrollment period for Obamacare is going to be beginning Nov. 15. That's when people will find out how much of a premium increase they face.

JOSH EARNEST, WH: Or decrease.

KARL: Or decrease. Why is it that last year Oct. 1 was the date, and this year its Nov. 15. Why is it that people have to wait until after the election to find out whether they have a premium increase or decrease?

EARNEST: Again, you are a very keen observer of the political process in this country. You should be particularly when there is such an important election coming up. But so many of the important policy decision made in this administration and this White House are made for reasons other than politics. So I would refer you to the Department of Health and Human Services where the deadlines are established.

KARL: Can people be forgiven for thinking this looks like a political move. People will not find out how much they are going to have to pay for their health insurance until after the election, whereas last year they found out on Oct. 1. Doesn't it seem a little bit convenient that people now have to wait ten or eleven days after the election to find out how much their insurance was going to cost?

This date for the beginning of the enrollment period was something that was established months if not years ago.

KARL Well we knew exactly when this election was going to be all that time.

EARNEST: And it has clearly been circled on your calendar. That is not circled on the calendar of the experts at the Department of Health and Human Services who are working on this.

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