Have you been following Lambert and Team’s Obamacare ClusterF^&* series on Corrente? They’re culling the internet and getting personal stories about what it’s like to sign up for the exchanges from around the country. It ain’t pretty. Some of their findings:
- The sign-up procedure appears to be a way of matching your credit score to how much you will pay for a policy. If you’ve been out of work for some time, have medical bills or have some other unforeseen life event that affected your credit score, expect to pay more for your health care.
- The exchange policies are thin. They are mostly in-network policies. Unfortunately, you can’t always predict whether the guy who treats you in the ER is going to be in your network. Come to think of it, that time I broke my wrist on vacation in Florida probably wouldn’t be covered so now you’re going to have to think ahead and purchase policies when ever you go out of town for any reason.
- Cancer treatment may not be covered, or not covered in the way you thought. You may not get the best treatment or the doctor you want because of the restrictions on the policy.
- The websites are kludgy and definitely not ready for prime time in some places.
Here’s my overall impression: If you’re covered by your employer, you should consider yourself extremely lucky but be aware that no job is secure these days. If you’re not covered by your employer, you fall into this “separate but equal” category thing. Obamacare is supposed to help you get affordable healthcare but you might as well be using the other entrance, drinking from a spigot and barred from the nicer places of business. They don’t want your kind hanging around. If this is a *national* healthcare policy, it should be unconstitutional. The difference is that now the discrimination is based on how you are employed.
On the other hand, there’s a possibility that now a lot more people will know what it feels like to be a discriminated minority.
Hard to believe that Democrats went along with this.