The clock is ticking down for healthcare enrollment

11:25 PM, Mar 15, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Seconds are counting down on the White House website and a "breaking news" alert went out today. Officials are claiming 6 out of 10 Americans can get coverage for $100 a month or less, but not everyone is buying into this.

"Originally it sounded good -- like your plan, keep your plan, like your doctor, keep your doctor," Gerald Wickline says. He won't be one of the millions of Americans signing up for Obamacare. "I am seeing my country dismantled pen stroke by pen stroke. Medicare advantage premiums doubled January 1st. Short and simple -- I feel betrayed. I put money into the system and it is not coming back."

Original estimates called for 7 million new Obamacare customers, but only just over 4 million people have signed up. 

City officials in Tampa, though, say there are more than 90,000 people in Tampa without healthcare who need Obamacare.

One Tampa resident told WTSP, "We went to one office a week ago, but we didn't have all the paperwork, so we have to go back again."

Super Enrollment events have been happening across the Bay area. One was held at the Spring Hill Park Rec Center on Saturday.

Resident Starr Cooper says she supports universal healthcare. "I would rather help someone than allow people to get sick like I did. And being crying to the doctor saying I cant afford the hospital and have her say, 'If you leave, you will die.'"

Other people say, deadline or not, they are waiting to see what happens before they think about signing up. 

"I don't have insurance. I need to, but I am waiting for the dust to settle."

The city of Tampa is having another Super Enrollment event tomorrow at 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Spring Hill Park Rec Center. 

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