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ObamaCare, analysts, health care, and Brad and Angela

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Americans aren’t ready to read, or believe, stories about the accomplishments of ObamaCare. We aren’t ready to think anything positive about health insurance. We become especially cranky when forced to read stories about whether Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are really divorced.

No one hates reading about health insurance more than those who have health insurance but have to wait months to see a doctor or travel hundreds of miles to find a proper hospital. Continue reading

Obamacare parody at the CMA Awards

If you didn’t see this last night or on the Internet today, it’s worth watching.

And even if you did watch it last night, it’s worth watching it again!

Obamacare: Seven things you need to know before signing up

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

On Day Five of the Affordable Care Act rollout the glitches continue. The headaches mount. And in Kansas, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is asking Sunflower state residents to take a chill pill before going all wobbledywonk over the launch of the federal government’s health exchange program.

Relax, she says, let the first adopters fight in line to get through to a health-care broker. You still have until Dec. 15 to sign up at www.healthcare.org and be insured come New Year’s Eve.

In the meantime, know that if you’ve been unable to get insurance either because of a pre-existing illness or high costs, the Affordable Care Act opens up new options.

According to Phil Galewitz, a staff writer at Kaiser Health News, here are seven things you need to know: Continue reading

Government shutdown a backdoor plan aimed at Obamacare?

One health insurance insider says yes

Despite reports that the government shutdown is not and will not stop The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to take effect, is it possible that Republican leaders and conservative political backers saw the shutdown as their Plan B if they could not get the president and Senate Democrats to delay its implementation as part of a budget agreement?

A person, who asked not to be identified, but has high-level connections with a local health insurance company that has been interfacing with Washington to determine how to code software to administer the health care exchanges, says yes.

While the president maintains the ACA cannot be touched or affected by the government shutdown and has said the long delays and online problems in the first two days of the law taking effect is due to the overwhelming number of people trying to use it. Continue reading

Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act

Which do you prefer?

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Next time, let a ninth-grader write the Health Care Act

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

According to polls, Americans find the ObamaCare health insurance law “confusing” or “very confusing.” The survey results have a margin of error of plus/minus 100% because the questionnaire failed to include an option for “I’d rather have my teeth drilled.”

The public confusion is disappointing to President Obama, who takes pride in his communication skills, and to members of Congress, most of whom do not.  The White House and Capitol Hill summoned the best statutory draftsmen and government attorneys in the land to make sure every working American could read and understand the new law and its impact on their health care.  Rumor has it that the drafters spent an entire Sunday evening rewriting the statutory provisions, stopping only to send sext messages and receive briefings about the crisis on “Breaking Bad.” Continue reading

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The Kardashians, one Sonic and Obamacare

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Americans are sick and tired of hearing about “ObamaCare” and mandatory health insurance. We hate hearing or even thinking about health insurance. We hate it almost as much as we hate reading about Hollywood’s Kardashian family.

No one hates hearing about health insurance more than those Americans — an estimated 60 million — who have little or no access to hospitals, doctors or prescription drugs.  I found the statistics on CNN.com while trying not to read about Kim Kardashian’s placenta. You can look it up.

Health insurance is of little comfort to those whose communities have few doctors and no hospitals. These include the rural poor, the homebound elderly, and low-income males who don’t qualify for Medicaid unless they are pregnant.  What good is insurance for psychiatric care if your community has one Sonic Drive-in, 13 dry cleaners, and 895 churches but no inpatient or outpatient mental health facilities. Continue reading

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