In my ongoing effort to comply with the rules of Obamacare, I tried to enroll in the healthcare exchanges for the fourth time. This week's failed effort resulted in Healthcare.gov informing me that "The system is down at the moment. We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon. Please try again later". I was informed I might have better luck applying over the phone, so I called the listed number, where I was told they could not verify my identity. I could not apply. They asked me to mail a copy of a valid form of identification to Equifax, and then...who knows ? So far, so bad. I find it strange that the federal government, of all people, could not verify my identity. They know more about me than any other entity. Is the White House unaware of the IRS, the NSA, etc ? The federal government can not only verify my identity, it knows my income, my bank account balances, has my phone records, can track my location, and can even watch me typing at my computer. What do they need Equifax for ?
The government has pledged to have Healthcare.gov working smoothly BY THE END OF NOVEMBER. The problem there is, people only have until Dec. 15th to get signed up to be covered by Jan. 1st, which is when lots of existing healthcare plans in the individual market will no longer be valid (like mine). Color me nervous. That GOP idea to delay the Obamacare individual mandate is sounding better by the day. This is from Business Insider:
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." This was one of President Obama's key talking points when selling the Affordable Care Act, and it was never true — as many of the 14 million Americans currently covered by individually-purchased health plans are now learning.
As the Obama administration touts the fact that hundreds of thousands of people have applied for Obamacare, it doesn't mention the fact that millions are being forced off their current insurance. That seems like a critical omission, no ? I'm also not too wild about the fact that my shiny, new Obamacare insurance, should I ever be able to obtain it, will include coverages I don't want, such as maternity, pediatric, and drug and alcohol abuse coverage. That's the problem with these one-size-fits-alls mandates. They're S-T-U-P-I-D. They treat us like we're all infants incapable of assessing our own needs (which may explain the pediatric coverage). However, if at age 60 I decide to become a drug addict and pop out a few crack babies, Obamacare has my back. Thanks, Barry. You're the dad I never wanted.
In my last few posts, I lamented the shrinking American middle class. You can add Obamacare to the list of causes. Middle class families outside the Obamacare subsidy range are getting sticker shock over their new insurance premiums. As the Los Angeles Times writes:
...experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
Seeing as how the American public has always opposed Obamacare, we sure wouldn't want that non-support to "erode".
Here's my personal favorite story:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
"She said, 'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.
Classic. This is yet another story about the mythical free lunch. When are people going to realize that we pay for EVERYTHING the federal government does ? If the government gives YOU something, it takes it away from someone else, and many times it even takes it away from YOU in a different form (as in the twenty one new taxes that were enacted in the Obamacare legislation). There is not now, nor has there ever been, a free lunch. Somebody is paying for it.
If you are a Democrat, there may be one saving grace to all the new Obamacare taxes. One of them is a tax on indoor tanning salons, which means House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is paying part of your Obamacare tab. Be sure to write him a thank-you letter.