In todays Dayton Daily News, there's a long, characteristically hack-ish article a/b how Ohioans are frustrated by healthcare.gov problems. I'd post a link, but you need a paid subscription. So, I posted the following comment (and will now don my flame-retardant tunic ):
Everyone — not just Ohioans — should be frustrated and angry about the botched and frankly amateurish launch of healthcare.gov. But Ohioans most definitely should be especially frustrated with the State House and the Legislature for refusing to set up a state exchange of their own.
That doesn't excuse the Federal site, but you can file it under "You can't have it both ways." And regarding the criticism from the right a/b low enrollment numbers, part of that is due to the mis-managed go-live, but more to the naturally human behavior of waiting 'til the last minute. In fact, I moved to Dayton from Boston just a few months before the Massachusetts enrollment deadline, and was delaying my own enrollment 'til just before the deadline.
Those of you who would be angered over the website screw-ups have a most valid point. Those of you who know only what Fox news and right wing zealots tell you about the law itself need to get educated, because six months from now, you'll be looking like Chicken Little.
And finally, those Republicans who claim the ACA is their "big opportunity" for 2014 have totally missed the mark. Your "big opportunity" could have been a gift-wraped box full of immigration reform, sensible gun safety legislation, equal rights (at the polls, in the workplace, in the OBGYN's office, and at the alter), and filibuster moderation. But guess what: You've blown it all — worse than a bad website launch. I'll wager that 2014 will a rearview mirror in which the People will see right wing heads getting smaller and smaller and smaller...
I can't wait to see the PeeTardy rage that will likely ensue.
No I have coverage through CDC retirement .... I'm one of the 95%-ers. Just joking.
BUT here's a GOOD Outcome of the ACA... she lost it after she lost her mind !
Have you noticed that she keeps saying she will wait till the last minute to do her insurance shopping? I know why. I'm willing to be that she has already done it... and is loathe to announce the better plan for less money that she will end up getting... therefore she will put THAT off till the last minute since it will undoubtedly make her look the fool.
My sisiter-in-law (single, unemployed, recently separated from her long-time partner who supported her, but she has always filed her own tax return) stopped by so we could help her with the application on CoveredCA. 15 minutes total to set up her account, household/personal data/ income & elgibility summary indicates that she qualifies for MediCal … scanned her driver's lic & uploaded, her enrollment application is submitted. She's then told that a representative will call her within the week. Easy peasy.
Currently she pays $360/mo for Anthem Blue Cross with $5K deductible. We were curious if her income was higher if she could purchase a policy. She's getting a part-time job so her income will exist change. We plugged in an adjusted income of $20K and it gave her several policies to choose. Bronze Plan Anthem Blue Cross was $9/mo with a $5K deductible. This gives her a much larger choice of doctors than the MediCal option. Silver Plan Anthem Cross was $82/mo, no deductible with maximum $6250 out of pocket. If she chooses the Silver plan she saves over $3300/yr with a better much better policy.
This is a perfect example of why uninsured poor will come out of the woodwork to enroll. I think this also is a pretty good indication of the policies available for part-time workers ….. young people. Thank you Blue State California.
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