I have been
working harder this last month than, I dare say, I’ve ever worked before. I have just concluded working 14 days in a
row – two Sundays included! The weekend
shifts were only four hours long, but there were more than several week days when
I worked ten hours. I’m not
complaining, the money is good, but I cannot do it every day of the year.
have I worked? Let’s put this way: the concept of Friday as that period of time
on the calendar that is recognized as the start of a two day period reserved
for rest and relaxation (i.e., the weekend) has lost all meaning to me.
It is open
enrollment season at my job, and we’ve seemingly been answering questions for
everyone (and their mothers) about their health insurance choices for next
year. It appears that all insurance
carriers are changing their policies this season, given that major portions of
the Affordable Care Act (we’ve been told not to refer to it as the derogatory
term Obamacare during our phone conversations with clients) become effective
soon. With these changes come questions
about the plans, questions about the ACA, questions about myths and misinformation
about the ACA, and of course, many times these questions are accompanied by
lots of frustration, screaming, and yelling about the myths and misinformation about
time, within the last few weeks, I had an opportunity to go to the federal government
website for information. Yes, it’s true:
I went into the healthcare.gov website untethered, came out the other side, and
lived to recount the tale. So did Anne Marie. Oh, we didn’t
apply for coverage or anything like that, but the experience was interesting
For example, the
media reported that only 106,185 people successfully completed enrollment on
the healthcare.gov website during the 30 days ending November 2. Alas, this
number was only half of the story, as per the government website. The Obama
administration also reported that an additional 975,407 applied and received
eligibility determination during that time period. These people are still shopping as per the
update published on November 16. (Source: www.hhs.gov)
Somehow, everyone in the media, liberal and
otherwise, overlooked this second statistic. This may have happened due to human nature and not a deliberate attempt
to mislead the public. It’s well known that bad news sells newspapers and the
low number of people who successfully found health insurance from the website
during its first month of operation was underwhelming, at the very least for the
Obama administration. Apparently, even the liberal media needs to sell a few
more papers these days.
there have been more discouraging reports about the website’s progress towards
its goal of signing millions of Americans to affordable healthcare policies by
the original deadline. Naturally, the ACA’s critics are emphasizing, perhaps too
gleefully, that the website is a failure, therefore ACA is a failure, and
therefore Obama is a failure. This
realization wouldn’t sting so much if it weren’t for the fact that perception always
trumps the reality of the situation.
that the website is a failure is so huge, that it is hard to believe that it is
all due to incompetence within the Obama administration.
Considering that the ACA did not mandate any
funding to set up the website in the first place (another factoid I learned in
the last few weeks, and this one came from a blog on The Huffington Post), it’s a miracle the website is operational at
all. Also, there are so many people who
have devoted unlimited resources to ensuring the failure of the ACA, it would
not surprise me that there is an organized effort to sabotage healthcare
effort, as in conspiracy theory? Okay, if this gets me membership in the tin
foil hat club, then yes, fit me for the metallic chapeau now!
eventually find out - eventually, as in, not necessarily our lifetime - that the ACA’s
troubles have been caused in large part by hacktivists who may be funded by
some well off Tea Party members. I have
no proof now, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this effort can be
traced back to some very high levels in corporate America.
All of the
negativity about the ACA and the website overshadows the success stories about people
logging in and signing up. Granted, the
stories are few, but there are successes nonetheless. For example, there is the story about a Mr.
John Boehner of Washington, DC. He
encountered some difficulties, again according to a report on The Huffington
Post, but after four hours of diligence and perseverance, he received an e-mail
confirming that he was signed up on the website.
Boehner, as in Speaker of the House John Boehner, as in leader of the legislative
group that he has voted to repeal the ACA at least 39 times John Boehner. In the past, he has vowed to repeal the law
which will give millions of Americans the chance to have affordable healthcare,
and instead of avoiding the concept with a ten foot pole, he jumps onto the
website and registers. AWK-WARD!
As for me, tomorrow
I’ll be back at work, and hopefully I won’t have to answer as many questions as
I have in the last three weeks. Fortunately, it is a short work week…
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