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HHS sponsored 'Young Invincibles' video contest misses deadlines as Obamacare website stumbles

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The Department of Heath and Human Services is quietly ignoring its previously much-ballyhooed video contest which promised to award $30,000 in taxpayer funds for over 100 different prizes.

The HHS teamed up with the group "Young Invincibles" in August encouraging contestants to submit videos promoting Obamacare to young people.

The department awarded a $1,500 "early bird" prize in September to a Massachusetts college student for dressing up as an accident prone superhero who needed insurance.

Since then, however, the deadlines published on the website have been missed.

Public voting for the video submissions was expected to begin on October 1, while the voting period was expected to conclude on October 15th.

During the week of Oct. 21, the HHS and the Young Invincibles planned to announce the finalists and the grand prize schedule.

According to the website, voting hasn't even started yet on the nearly 100 videos submitted for the contest.

The last known notice on the website regarding the voting period informed contestants that the voting would "start after the lapse in federal budget appropriations ends."

Although the government was re-opened Oct. 16, no public move has been made to begin the voting or award process. A reporter's calls to the Young Invincibles organization for comment were not returned.

Visitors of the website are told the voting schedule will be "announced soon" and encourages visitors to sign up for notification for when the voting period opens.

The grand prize winner is scheduled to be announced during a November event.

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