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Obama Admin Pushes Second Obamacare-Enrollment Start Past 2014 Election

The Obama administration will unilaterally change the second-year start of enrollment for Obamacare from October 15, 2014, to November 15, 2014, according to a Bloomberg report. This move puts the next enrollment period after the 2014 midterm elections, potentially delaying another increase in premiums that could harm Democratic reelection prospects in the House and Senate. 

An unnamed official with the Department of Health and Human Services said the delay is to allow insurance companies to assess rates following the first year of the government-run marketplaces, and allow consumers more time to learn about their options. 

This change comes less than a month after President Obama decided to extend the first Obamacare enrollment deadline by six weeks to March 31.

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