The deadline has approached today for Americans who need healthcare (to be honest we all do) and take advantage of the Health Care Law known to most as Obamacare. The application to get health care must be done online and there are places you can go to sign up. Navigators are available at health care centers, one stop centers and other places to sign up if you need help. These locations are helpful for those who do not have access to a computer and/or need assistance in getting questions answered and what’s available at an affordable price.
For citizens who have applied but have not finished their application online the Obama administration has given an extension of another week to finish what they started. The Huffington Post reported this –
If you live in a state that’s running its own exchange, the leeway policy may be different. For example, the District of Columbia's exchange is keeping enrollment open until April 15 for those who say they had trouble signing up earlier.
Critics of the Health Care Law have stated there are so many misconceptions about it that many Americans are confused about what actually takes place in the law. However recent sources have stated more than six million people have signed up – but as opinion writer Marc Thiessen of the Washington Post wrote today, he stated this in a paragraph about the six million: “Not quite. The administration has not revealed how many of those 6 million people have paid their premiums. If you have not paid, you have not actually “enrolled.” It’s like putting merchandise in your Amazon cart but never clicking “buy.” That may be true, but the fact is more people have been on the HealthCare.gov. site.
Read the rest of Marc Thiessen's article below.
Many people wanted Obamacare to fail from the start. Republicans have tried to repeal it 50 times, the president’s haters and friendly enemies do not want it to work, and the beginning of the rollout was to say the least a fiasco. What has not been discussed is before the rollout insurance companies set their prices sky-high on premiums to figure out their profit margin and the contractors that were part of designing and putting together the rollout (55+) could have purposefully put in bugs to make sure it was a disaster. Didn’t this thought cross anyone’s mind? This has not been discussed in the media and if it has, this author would like to know the date and program that topic was discussed.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most positive incentive talked about in the law and that’s been the most promoted. There are other items in the law that is also positive that has not been discussed.
No doubt President Obama could have done a better job is assigning those in charge to market the Health Care Law better. But the people in high management positions assigned to this should have done that to begin with. The president babysitting everything he carries out when those in charge are responsible should do their job and report to the president of what needs to be more targeted. They have done a piss-poor job.
Another hapless fate that has doomed Obamacare is the many lies that have been portrayed about the Health Care Law. It was recently announced in the news that citizens in Texas thought Obamacare was not available to them. All states have the availability; also others in charge of some states have done a terrible job in giving access of health care to those who need it. As a resident of Maryland, it was extremely embarrassing to see the very bad online setup of a state that was very supportive of Obamacare since its beginning.
More from the Huffington Post –
What's happening in Maryland?
The state's exchange, known as Maryland Health Connection, has had major problems throughout the enrollment period. Things are so bad that the state is looking to hook up to Connecticut's enrollment platform in 2015. If you're still trying to get insurance in Maryland, the state said it will keep enrollment open beyond today. All you have to do is call 1-800-396-1961 by the end of the day to let the state know you need more time.
The Health Care Law’s purpose is to cover the uninsured. It is also a remedy for those who already have a health care policy to check if they can get the same coverage at a better price. Preconditioned illnesses are covered, which is definitely a good thing.
It is ironic the Massachusetts model signed by then Governor Mitt Romney in 2006, who ran against the President and lost in the 2012 election, was used to help set up the Health Care Law. But in his presidential campaign, Romney was a turncoat and stayed away from what he did for healthcare as much as possible. But the person who should get the most credit on the Massachusetts healthcare bill is the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA); who fought for universal healthcare for decades for the American people and convinced Democrats to let healthcare go forward with bipartisan agreement in his state. Kennedy passed the torch to President Obama who got it done.
The president said in the beginning the law was not perfect (what law is?) and it is a work in progress. Yes, progress – steps forward to make the Health Care Law better for all Americans for years to come.
To learn more about the Health Care Law and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) –
The CBS morning program “The Doctors” created a video on Obamacare. View here. http://www.thedoctorstv.com/main/content/How_the_ACA_Affects_You
The Virginia PBS station WVPT program “Politics Matters” has an informative program on the ACA featuring Dr. Christopher Lillis of Doctors for America. Go to www.wvpt.net under the "Programming" icon, scroll down and hit Politics Matters. The video on the ACA is available there.
Read the book ”Health Care Reform” by (Dr.) Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT and Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Illustrations are by Nathan Schreiber. An understandable, non-complex read in comic strip style.