Okay so what do you get when you mix Lil’ Kim, Yandy Smith and a brand spankin’ new health care law together? The #GetCovered tour! The expectant rapper and the Love & Hip Hop reality TV star — plus a slew of other celebrities — are taking the Affordable Care Act on the road tomorrow in New York City to get the public psyched to get covered by Obamacare. Schedule provided here.
For Yandy, the #GetCovered tour is quite personal — she stresses that Obamacare helped provide Amir, her son, cost-effective health insurance for his kidney complications:
“It’s no secret that my son was born with a preexisting kidney condition and as a mom, my first priority was to put his health first” she said in a press statement. “However, when I discovered my health insurance had been cancelled, I immediately went into panic mode to find the best solution. The Affordable Care Act provided my family and, most importantly my son, affordable coverage we could count on.”
Joining the Lil Kim and Yandy Smith, the headliners for the tour are Dipset’s Juelz Santana, Basketball Wives’ Jennifer Williams, GlobalGrind’s president Michael Skolnik, WEEN’s co-founder and CEO Valeisha Butterfield Jones, and more! It’s a star-studded one-day tour to encourage the uninsured to shake off the passivity and #GetCovered by Obamacare.
This united day of celebrities and community leaders comes on the heels of the announcement of another delay on the Obamacare deadline. All uninsured Americans were once required to be signed up by March 31. Now the POTUS has extended that to mid-April because some Americans “are not educated on how to use the Internet,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Wednesday, at a press conference defending the Obamacare extension, Reid added: “There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner was unsurprisingly peeved about the delay. “What the hell is this, a joke?” he asked. Reid retorted that he didn’t hear a peep out of Boehner when former President Bush asked for a similar extension for Medicare Part D. “It really does appear extremely disingenuous that they oppose anything that’s good about Obamacare, anything good about anything this administration tries to do,” Reid added.
If you’re sans insurance, and you haven’t enrolled yet, this is great news! Had you failed to enroll in time, you’d either pay a $95 penalty or get one percent snatched right out of your income — whichever is higher. In order to qualify for an extension, however, you’ll have to check a blue box on HealthCare.gov to show that you at least tried to purchase Obamacare on the marketplace before the deadline.
“Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage,” The Washington Post wrote.
As of March 17, about five million people have signed up for Obamacare — just one million short of their six million goal. (Update: The White House has just announced that they’ve reached the six million mark with four days to go until the deadline.) That’s why the #GetCovered tour is being organized on Friday, March 28 to get the uninsured insured! The event will kick off in New York City going through Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx.
Following the tour, there will be a #GetCovered enrollment par-tay at 5pm ’til midnight. Everyone will have an opportunity to enroll on site. You won’t want to miss it!