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Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public
McClatchy ^ | 4/7/10 | By Margaret Talev

Posted on 04/07/2010 10:03:05 AM PDT by Red Badger

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups.

"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.

"We tell them it's not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014," McLean said.

Adults with pre-existing conditions are frustrated to learn that insurers won't have to cover them until 2014 (though those under 18 will be protected in late September); then they become both hopeful and confused upon learning that a federal high-risk pool for them will be established in the next few months. "Health insurance is so confusing. You add this on top of it and it makes it even more confusing," McLean said.

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1 posted on 04/07/2010 10:03:05 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Useful idiots figuring out the free stuff never comes, but the gulags open to accommodate them.

Now who was it that was pushing the free stuff?


2 posted on 04/07/2010 10:04:41 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Red Badger

They haven’t keyed on the fact that it was Rush telling his audience to call and demand their free Obamacare that’s the reason for most of this confusion... :)


3 posted on 04/07/2010 10:05:31 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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4 posted on 04/07/2010 10:19:41 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Red Badger
Don't they all have to go to Detroit and get their FREE Obama stash money first? I pray that these idiots find something else to do on election day besides voting.
5 posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:27 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Red Badger

reminds me of this:

“Obama’s Stash”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v5Kjmc8FI


6 posted on 04/07/2010 10:32:25 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( FIRE STUPAK: LindaForCongress.com)
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To: Red Badger

7 posted on 04/07/2010 10:36:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: mrmeyer
It's not free EVERYWHERE, you just need to look for a hospital with this sign in the window:


8 posted on 04/07/2010 10:37:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Scary......


9 posted on 04/07/2010 10:38:03 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: JPG

FREEEEEEEE!

10 posted on 04/07/2010 10:38:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: Red Badger

11 posted on 04/07/2010 10:39:10 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: All; Red Badger
My daughter works for a large company and they just sent out an e-mail to all the employees stating that their HEALTH CARE BENEFITS WILL BE REPORTED ON THEIR 2011 W-2 FORMS.

That is going to be a BIG increase on employees income that they will have to pay taxes on.

12 posted on 04/07/2010 10:43:34 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Red Badger
That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.

Gee, no bias there. Actually, there should be no confusion since conservatives warned the entire country about these very issues.

13 posted on 04/07/2010 10:45:24 AM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Spunky

I wonder how many Obama bumper stickers will still be on her fellow employees’ cars by April 15, 2011.


14 posted on 04/07/2010 10:52:28 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Spunky
My daughter works for a large company and they just sent out an e-mail to all the employees stating that their HEALTH CARE BENEFITS WILL BE REPORTED ON THEIR 2011 W-2 FORMS.

I know I'm going to get screwed at Open Enrollment, but it'll almost be worth it to hear the Obama-voters howls of outrage.

15 posted on 04/07/2010 10:57:20 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Red Badger

Just wait until the freebies have to be paid for or discontinued. The useless eaters will be rioting in the streets — like recently in Greece.


16 posted on 04/07/2010 10:58:41 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Red Badger

It’s only ABSOLUTELY FREE and will continue to be ABSOLUTELY FREE, IF you’re an ILLEGAL ALIEN.


17 posted on 04/07/2010 11:05:10 AM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote!)
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To: Red Badger

We should all write our congress rep’s staff, stating that we are contemplating the notion of dropping our current health insurance, and ask for advice on the best date to actually do so. The letter should ask for clarification on points of law. The letter should ask for clarification of timing. The letter should be sent to all state and D.C. offices of the Congressman. The letter should be sent whether the Congressman favors the new law or not.

The objective is to create a news story that large numbers of Americans are going to, en masse, start relying on government healthcare beginning on a certain date in the future.


18 posted on 04/07/2010 11:05:41 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Spunky

I don’t think it will be reported as income in 2011, but getting it on the W2 IS a step towards that.


19 posted on 04/07/2010 11:06:49 AM PDT by PogySailor (We're so screwed.....welcome to the American Oligarchy)
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To: Red Badger

Obummer is making it into a national holiday..............

20 posted on 04/07/2010 11:10:11 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red Badger

My Father in-Law who is a Dentist has had several patience from the DHHS clinic across the hall, tired of waiting in their long queue of people wander in to his office thinking they should now be covered there as well. This started the day after Obama Care was signed. He gets pleasure from chasing them back out, telling them make an appointment in 4 years if he is still in practice.


21 posted on 04/07/2010 11:10:37 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Red Badger

No freebies until 2014? Heck, these people need to get mad and howl and riot in the streets until they get their 0bamacare. The need is dire and the need is NOW! Get mad, get out and rattle dem bones!


22 posted on 04/07/2010 11:12:43 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: Red Badger

Where do we get the free Obama care?


23 posted on 04/07/2010 11:15:33 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

sounds like we need to elect more democrats to give us ‘free health care now’ since the republicans kept the current democrats from giving it to us now.

(sarcasm off)


24 posted on 04/07/2010 11:18:43 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“The need is dire and the need is NOW! Get mad, get out and rattle dem bones!”

Heck, according to the President himself, people are dieing everyday due to the lack of health insurance!

Heck, I guess he and the Dems don’t give an effing ounce of care about those that will die between now and 2014! How callous?!?!?


25 posted on 04/07/2010 11:19:50 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: Red Badger

What this mess is leading up to is the demise of non-governmental health insurance.

The only thing left to pay for health care, other than pyaing for it in cash, will be government.


26 posted on 04/07/2010 11:31:43 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
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To: Red Badger

Predicted this a while ago. It will only get worse.


27 posted on 04/07/2010 11:44:15 AM PDT by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: Red Badger
""We tell them it's not free, ..."


28 posted on 04/07/2010 11:47:36 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Red Badger

Just wait till they actually do find out what’s in it.


29 posted on 04/07/2010 11:50:25 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Red Badger

I love it. Wonder how many Obama’s supporters called the banks looking for their “free mortgage” and how many called the grocery stores looking for their “free food”? Dang, life ain’t fair when your highest ambition is to be a leech on society.


30 posted on 04/07/2010 11:50:53 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: PogySailor
"I don’t think it will be reported as income in 2011, but getting it on the W2 IS a step towards that."

But isn't that what a W-2 does, is report your income?

31 posted on 04/07/2010 11:50:56 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Spunky

It is probably a precursor to being taxed on those benefits.


32 posted on 04/07/2010 11:54:25 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Red Badger

Maybe this will be a next mission for Operation Chaos.....On Election day..AFTER you vote....Distract Usefull Liberal Idiots..LOL Offer them a free meal..Or Ice Cream cone....HAHAHAHA


33 posted on 04/07/2010 11:55:11 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Red Badger

Sad thing is I would consider adding fuel to the fire by suggesting we call Doctors and ask for one of those “Free Obama healthcare appointments”, but I don’t think we need to do that.

But just think of the chaos that could be caused...oh wait the rats are already causing the chaos with no help from us.


34 posted on 04/07/2010 12:06:24 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Red Badger
...sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

Well there you go. They do not cover the other seven states.That's the problem.

35 posted on 04/07/2010 12:08:45 PM PDT by 386wt (WOIATAP Watch Out I Am The Acronym Police)
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To: for-q-clinton
"Free Obama healthcare appointments"

Ironically, my sister has apprised me that this is occurring in MA. lolol

36 posted on 04/07/2010 12:09:46 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Red Badger

RE: “....McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage.............”

***************

This is too easy — you just KNOW 99% of these fools were Obama voters!


37 posted on 04/07/2010 12:17:53 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Abathar

RE: “They haven’t keyed on the fact that it was Rush telling his audience to call and demand their free Obamacare that’s the reason for most of this confusion... :)”

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It’s possible, I suppose, but I seriously doubt THAT many listeners called in because of Rush. I heard him encourage that, too, and was amused, but have too many other things to do.

I suspect most of the callers really do think they are about to get something for nothing.


38 posted on 04/07/2010 12:20:58 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“Obama’s Stash” — my personal favorite, though a close second to the idiot who was sure if Zero won she would not have to pay her mortgage (hey, looking back, maybe she was right??) or buy gas ever again. Mmmm mmmm mmmm!!


39 posted on 04/07/2010 12:24:20 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Red Badger

These are the same idiots who think that Obama is gonna give them a free house, free gas, free clothes, and now, free health insurance. It’s all coming from Obama’s stash don’t ya know


40 posted on 04/07/2010 12:29:16 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: CaliforniaCon

My friend is one. He is going out of Biz and broke, about to lose his house and STILL says. It is not Obamas fault. They are amazing. He STILL blames Bush. He also claims there have not been and never will be a tax on anyone under 250k and thinks Olberdork is smart. I have known him for 25 years and am really worried for the guy but he is hopelessly Liberal.


41 posted on 04/07/2010 12:35:18 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
It begins to make me think the lteracy test as a requirement for voting wasn't such a bad idea after all.

But do note - it's THE REPUBLICANS' FAULT!!! If those bad, evil republicans hadn't attacked the bill, everyone would have understood it! LOL

42 posted on 04/07/2010 12:35:25 PM PDT by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: Spunky

There are boxes for other items that aren’t reported as income already. Box 12 is where my 401K contributions show up.


43 posted on 04/07/2010 12:36:19 PM PDT by PogySailor (We're so screwed.....welcome to the American Oligarchy)
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To: In Maryland
It begins to make me think the lteracy test as a requirement for voting wasn't such a bad idea after all.

Spelling test too....

hehehe

44 posted on 04/07/2010 12:36:20 PM PDT by Osage Orange (A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. - Sigmund Freud)
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45 posted on 04/07/2010 12:38:52 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Ronald Reagan: "Peace Through Strength." Barack Obama: "Perpetual War Through Utter Weakness.")
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To: Red Badger

duh.


46 posted on 04/07/2010 12:49:39 PM PDT by cake_crumb (President Reagan on ObieCare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs&feature=player_embedded#)
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To: Osage Orange

I’ll take a voter who can read but can’t spell over a voter who can spell but doesn’t read any day! LOL


47 posted on 04/07/2010 1:06:06 PM PDT by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: CaliforniaCon
http://www.patriotdepot.com/ass-faultbumpersticker.aspx
48 posted on 04/07/2010 1:09:03 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( FIRE STUPAK: LindaForCongress.com)
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To: CaliforniaCon
"I suspect most of the callers really do think they are about to get something for nothing."

I know you're right about that, but I was mostly referring to the media who will blame Rush for the confusion and not the real reason for it. Any reason the MSM can find to twist the truth and put it on a target of theirs they will if it makes Obama look better.

49 posted on 04/07/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Red Badger

I just shake my head. Stupid 53% of Americans who voted for this deserve every inconvenience and misery they get. They screwed themselves. And the other 47% of us, too.


50 posted on 04/07/2010 1:16:52 PM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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