Skip to comments.Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public
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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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?
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... :)
reminds me of this:
That is going to be a BIG increase on employees income that they will have to pay taxes on.
Gee, no bias there. Actually, there should be no confusion since conservatives warned the entire country about these very issues.
I wonder how many Obama bumper stickers will still be on her fellow employees’ cars by April 15, 2011.
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.
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.
It’s only ABSOLUTELY FREE and will continue to be ABSOLUTELY FREE, IF you’re an ILLEGAL ALIEN.
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.
I don’t think it will be reported as income in 2011, but getting it on the W2 IS a step towards that.
Obummer is making it into a national holiday..............
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.
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!
Where do we get the free Obama care?
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.
“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?!?!?
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.
Predicted this a while ago. It will only get worse.
Just wait till they actually do find out what’s in it.
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.
But isn't that what a W-2 does, is report your income?
It is probably a precursor to being taxed on those benefits.
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
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.
Well there you go. They do not cover the other seven states.That's the problem.
Ironically, my sister has apprised me that this is occurring in MA. lolol
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!
RE: “They havent keyed on the fact that it was Rush telling his audience to call and demand their free Obamacare thats the reason for most of this confusion... :)”
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.
“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!!
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
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.
But do note - it's THE REPUBLICANS' FAULT!!! If those bad, evil republicans hadn't attacked the bill, everyone would have understood it! LOL
There are boxes for other items that aren’t reported as income already. Box 12 is where my 401K contributions show up.
Spelling test too....
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
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.
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.