We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remember the Democrat Convention last year, when we were assured that government is the only thing to which we all belong? This shows that liberals haven't made a dent in the most destructive kinds of poverty, i.e., mental and spiritual. Indeed, for the liberal, these impoverished states are mandatory -- sort of an inverted interpretation of Jesus's praise of the poor in spirit. "Blessed are the weakminded, for they shall inherit the state."
I have no doubt that Obama wishes Obamacare to do good. But that is no excuse! Indeed, we could call it culpable goodness, because there is probably nothing in the world that has caused as much death and destruction as misguided good.
My Significant Other went to the Government website to buy health insurance this p.m.
I thought this strange. The BCBS policies we have are over $100/month cheaper through the website than dealing directly with Blue Cross. Anyone know why that is?
Anyhow, after seeing the cheaper price she called a navigator. She did not try to use the website. A navigator was immediately available. There was no wait after jumping through the hoops for the computer switchboard operator. They pretty much filled out the form for her. The navigator seemed competent. It took her around 30 minutes to complete the application. According to the navigator, she qualifies for a subsidy. A Blue Cross rep told her she did not.
She now has to wait for an email confirmation with info for mailing a check. She was told the same material would arrive via snail mail.
Bottom line, she had a good experience.... so far. I am looking forward to seeing how the actual payment is handled and to see if things are as promised.
To be honest I have no idea if I need to do anything or not. I am on Medicare and I assume if I need to go through Obamacare it will be on the news or a letter or something. I'm thinking this is such a mess that if I did have to do something I would just go without for a year and see what happens. I am aware there is a fine for not signing up but I suspect that if they can't get their act together they would never know I didn't sign up and wouldn't be able to fine me. As far as being without insurance is concerned I guess since they now can't refuse you for prior conditions I could just sign up if I got sick.
The "fixes" that are needed for President Pinocchio to keep his word to Americans will bend the cost curve UP, not down. The economics of a patchwork of such fixes will break the federal budget. Good work there Nancy and Harry, now you know what's in the bill you rammed through without reading it. Whatcha' gonna do 'bout it? As for our young 'uns, not only will they NOT sign up in the numbers the law needs to pay for the medical care of seniors, they will quickly learn there's no actual penalty for not paying the tax if they forsake health insurance until they are sick. At that point, the economics of the law dooms the federal budget, and it becomes inevitable we'll see calls for Congress to pass much more draconian penalties to curb the "abuse." There is no end to how many freedoms we are about to lose.
The poster has to be a spoof. In the fine print footnote on STD protection, they suggest condoms and common sense. The government, especially when controlled by Democrats, doesn't know what this common sense is so would hardly suggest people use it.