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AP Finally Realizes Obama-Care Is Complicated

From a suddenly awoken Associated Press:

AP Exclusive: Applying for health care not easy

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.

The government’s draft application is now on the Internet. It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions.

At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.

That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help.

You’d still have to pick a health plan.

Some fear that consumers will be overwhelmed and give up. Administration officials say the application form is being refined.

Still, the idea that picking a health insurance plan could be as simple as shopping on the Internet is starting to look like wishful thinking.

The hell you say! But this is all news to the AP at this late date? We thought they were supposed to be in the news business.

Moreover, this is their entire article. Isn’t it helpful and informative?

In fact, Obama-Care is now more than 20,000 pages long, and they’re still writing more rules. And it takes 60 online pages just to describe what it is supposed to do.

Here is a photo of the current incarnation of the beast, courtesy of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office:

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Screen-Shot-2013-03-11-at-4.56.40-PM.png

What could possibly go wrong?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP Finally Realizes Obama-Care Is Complicated”

  1. The bitter fruits of ignorance are what we’ll will be eating for many years. Whether it’s fatal or not remains to be seen.

    It was crypto-Marxist ‘progressives’ – from both parties – who planted and nourished this rotten tree of chaos, strife, and poverty. It will choke out everything else until it’s pulled up, root and branch.

  2. canary

    Do the hundreds of millions of Americans who have been told their work hours have been cut to 29 hours a week or less have to fill out the forms?

    At least there is finally a question that Americans can answer more clear than

    “How’s the weather there?”
    “4 and 1/8 inches of snow and it’s from global warming”

    “Has your job cut your hours below 30 hours a week?”
    “groan…..yes. But, they did it to everyone”

    “Do you know why your employer cut everyone’s work hours?”
    “no”

    My favorite answer is
    “uh. um. my boss said it makes the government happier”

    And it’s happening in small Private Medical Practices who do not have 50 employees, by cutting hours, half days, closing a week day during the week, clocking out for 2 hours, Doctors doing their own reception work”

    So much for the pursuit of happiness.

    The real reason Bloomberg is trying to ban “Big Gulps” is so people can’t save and they will have to buy two sodas without the discount and pay more taxes.

  3. canary

    Obama Health Care pages of questions include ability to register to vote. Muslim are exempt from

    ObamaHealthCare includes steps to register to vote while answering questions. Just squeezed in an unrelated sect. of this 61 page appendix. Also, irrelevant or relevant on page 59 is a random question if you have “used tobacco in the last 12 months”. What? No questions on weight, heart conditions, diabetes?

    The questions all have links to go to other links to complete. These applications very well may take months to complete and the cost a fortune for enough employees to check such enormous individual profiles.

    Appendix A: List of Questions in the Online Application to
    Support Eligibility Determinations for Enrollment through the
    Health Insurance Marketplace and for Medicaid and the
    Children’s Health Insurance Program Revised: 01/18/2013

    A look at page 59 of this 61 page long appendix A draft.

    [FNLNS1]
    [Not eligible for program name 1]
    [Not eligible for program name 2]
    [Link to more information & appeals]
    [FNLNS2]
    [Not eligible for program name 1]
    [Not eligible for program name 2]
    [Link to more information & appeals]
    Link to more information & appeals

    a. If you think the Health Insurance Marketplace has made a mistake, you can appeal the
    decision within 90 days. To appeal means to tell someone at the Marketplace that you
    think the decision is wrong and you want a fair review of the decision. Find out more
    about how to appeal (hyperlinked sentence).

    b. Following federal law, there’s no discrimination on the basis of care, color, national
    origin, sex, or disability. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, you can file a
    complaint of discrimination (hyperlinked sentence).

    3. Would you like to register to vote?

    a. Yes (Link to blank voter registration form)
    b. No
    (The user continues from the Eligibility Resultsto a “to-do” list page that includes tasks tailored to each
    individual to complete their application and enrollment process. No additional questions are asked on
    the “to-do” list page. For QHP eligible individuals, this page includes tasks to enroll in a health plan and
    links to section XXI [“Plan enrollment”] and additional information. If applicable,this “to-do” list also
    includes the status of required documents and due date(s) for document submission.)
    XXIX. Plan enrollment

    1. Have you used tobacco products in the last 12 months? (Note: This is placeholder language.
    The language and number of questions is to be determined.)

    2. User reviews and selects plan(s) (health and/or dental on

    Now why would “registering to vote” and a question if you “smoke tobacco” since this is just in regards to appeal a decisionthe above is on the same page

    Earlier two pages in the 61 pages

    [FNLNS]’s electronic signature
    C. Required documents
    (Display if any factor of eligibility hasn’t yet been verified in accordance with Marketplace rules.)
    1. Proof of tribal membership
    [FNLNS1] (upload button)[Due date]
    [FNLNS2] (upload button)[Due date]
    2. Proof of eligible immigration status
    [FNLNS1] (upload button)[Due date]
    [FNLNS2] (upload button)[Due date]
    3. Proof of citizenship
    [FNLNS1] (upload button)[Due date]
    [FNLNS2] (upload button)[Due date]
    4. Proof of [other]
    [FNLNS1] (upload button)[Due date]
    [FNLNS2] (upload button)[Due date]
    5. If you don’t have an electronic copy of the required documents, you can mail them to this
    address:
    [Exchange]
    [Address]
    D. Eligibility results
    (Display summary table which includes all applicants on the application.)
    1. Eligibility results
    [FNLNS1]
    [Programname &eligibility status 1]
    [Program name & eligibility status 2]
    [Link to more information]
    [FNLNS2]
    [Programname &eligibility status 1]
    [Program name & eligibility status 2]
    [Link to more information]
    • Values for “Programname & eligibility status”
    a. Cost sharing reductions(for American Indian/Alaska Natives)
    b. Selecting a plan through this Marketplace (for individuals eligible to enroll in a Qualified
    Health Plan)
    2. Not eligible for

    1. Is[Person name] of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
    a. Yes(If selected, display “i.”)
    i. Ethnicity: (check all that apply.)
    (Display check boxes.)
    1. Cuban
    2. Mexican, Mexican American, or Chicano/a
    3. Puerto Rican
    4. Other: ____________________
    (Continue to item 2.)
    b. No (If selected, skip to item 2.)
    2. Race:(check all that apply.)
    (Display check boxes.)
    a. American Indian or Alaska Native
    b. Asian Indian
    c. Black or African American
    d. Chinese
    e. Filipino
    f. Guamanian or Chamorro
    g. Japanese
    h. Korean
    i. Native Hawaiian
    j. Other Asian
    k. Other Pacific Islander
    l. Samoan
    m. Vietnamese
    n. White
    ““`
    Question ? :Which of the above breaks down Arabs or Middle-Easterners. I heard Public or State Depts in Michigan have press #3 if you need someone who speaks Arabic service.

    Question ? …”Following federal law, there’s no discrimination on the basis of care, color, national origin, sex, or disability. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, you can file a
    complaint of discrimination (hyperlinked sentence)….”

    They left out “religion” as a basis to be exempt. This was formerly an exemption, but I guess they took it off.

    Question ? “Is the reason that non-citizen Spanish/Latinos can be exempt because it would cost too much money to translate it to Spanish?”

    • canary

      I think this is more evidence non-citizens will be exempt from paying for Obama Care because they can claim people that don’t even live in the same house, or county. (?)

      Sorry I did not delete all the upload thingies above post.

      This sec of Appendix A would imply that non-citizens will be allowed free Obama care cost breaks

      8. Did any of the following people gain eligible immigration status in the last 60 days?
      a. (Display checkbox list of all QHP eligible individuals who selected that they had eligible
      immigration status, and allow multi-select. If anyone is selected, continue to item 9.)
      9. (Display item for each individual selected in item 8.)
      When did [Person’s name] gain eligible immigration status?
      a. MM/DD/YYYY
      10. Did any of the following people move in the last 60 days?
      a. (Display checkbox list of all QHP eligible individuals, and allow multi-select).
      11. (Display item for each individual selected in item 10.)
      Provide the following information from [Person’s name]’s previous address:
      a. ZIP code: ____________________
      b. County: (Display dropdown selection of potential counties if ZIP code crosses more than
      one county.)
      12. (Display item for each individual selected in item 10.)
      What was the date of the move?
      a. MM/DD/YYYY

      (Question: Why would one applier or employee be able to exempt themselves based on non-citizens that don’t even live in the same home or County?)

      Question: Any other appendixes of questions?

  4. canary

    You can find more information on US Dept of Health & Human Services CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CCII) The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. This is a tiney portion of the translation services as the countries or languages are longer and give “oral” translations if they can’t read their own language.

    Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Template
    Standard Format (Corrected, May 11, 2012) (DOC – 175 KB)
    Accessible Format (Corrected, May 11, 2012) (PDF – 607 KB)
    Chinese (DOC – 54 KB)
    Chinese (PDF- 565 KB)
    Navajo (DOC – 67 KB)
    (Note: In order to use the Navajo SBC template in Word format, it may be necessary to install Times New Roman Navajo fonts. Times New Roman Navajo fonts are available free of charge on a number of sources on the Internet.)


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