The passing of Obamacare was one of the most dishonest political maneuvers ever. It begins taxing immediately, has no benefits for 4 years, and presents 6 years of spending on 10 years of taxing as deficit neutral. Oh, and almost no one is sure just what’s in it yet. And because of that, people don’t understand fully what it does or how. All they know is that the Democrats promised free health care for everyone. And they want it now. And it isn’t there.
And this is from McClatchy, of all places:
“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.
Wait, you mean all those wonderful promises the Democrats made aren’t true? It was just rhetoric to get people to go along with Obamacare? Why, I’m just shocked, shocked, that such a thing could possibly happen!
“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.
Remember, it was absolutely vital to pass Obamacare immediately without bothering to look over what was actually in it, because billions of people died every second that went by due to lack of health insurance. Oh, but none of it takes effect until 2014. Hey, isn’t that after the next presidential election? I would think that Obama would want to capitalize on the glories that his health care reform will wrought in the next election, not wait until afterward for people to see how utterly disastrous completely and totally effective and low-cost it will be.
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.
Parents of young adults, including those who are preparing to graduate from college this spring, have heard that the overhaul will let them keep their children on their insurance plans until they reach age 26. That starts in September, however; they have to determine how to cover them until then.
I have a (former) friend who’s main reason for supporting this bill was that he is currently a full time college student and on his parents’ insurance, and on his next birthday he’ll be dropped because he’ll be too old. He eagerly supported this socialist power grab so he could stay on his daddy’s insurance and not have to worry about paying for his own policy. And he argued over and over again that the coverage extensions for young people would take effect immediately. The irony: his birthday is in August.
Suntan businesses face a new excise tax starting in July as part of the overhaul. Other business owners are trying to understand new Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements related to business-to-business transactions that will kick in as a result of the new law. Others are looking ahead to coverage mandates for 2014 and calculating how many part-time versus full-time employees they should have to best contain costs.
It’ll be great when your employer has to give you health insurance. It will suck when the higher taxes to pay for it cost you your job.