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Let me start by stating I am completely for “affordable” health care. Let me add that I’m not convinced we’ve found the answer.

After visiting the www.healthcare.gov website, I soon realized we’re headed for some challenging moments in the very near future. First, I was summarily placed in ‘line’…..aka ‘governmental red tape’….. While the process didn’t surprise me, it made me realize the government is good at one thing: Forming lines. We wait in them on the phone. We wait in them when we try to collect our well earned benefits. We wait in them when we attempt to receive our tax refunds. We wait in them when we need, receive or apply for anything that involves the government. Waiting isn’t unusual; but getting from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ within any governmental system is the culprit. Why? It usually has less to do with the person helping us navigate and more to do with the process they’ve been given.

So, here I am waiting. The front page prepares me for it by telling me to ‘wait’ in my invisible line while some invisible assistance prepares to help me. Time seemingly flies by and within a few more minutes the wait ends and the red tape begins. As I begin to navigate through the trail placed before me, I quickly enter the maze of simple questions (who, where and what) that pertain to me. Once done, I click the final selection……and I wait. This time, the wait takes me to another page that instructs me to check my email for the priceless link that will take me on my way. I follow in complete obedience, checking the email, clicking the link, following the path like a hungry mouse looking for the morsel of food that is inevitably attached to another trap. Sure enough, I find it! The link opens to another page that has two messages. The first starts with “Please wait…..we’re processing your request….this may take a few moments…..” in the top section….followed by “Oops. You didn’t check your email in time.” By now I’m rolling on the floor in complete hysterical laughter (which, oh by the way, is very good medicine for the soul…)

I am summarily given another ‘link’ to click (which out of crazy American obedience I’ve been trained to do) and guess what? I’m taken back to the original link whose front page message reminds me, “We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We’re working to make the experience better, and we don’t want you to lose your place in line. We’ll send you to the login page as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!” So, again, like a mouse chasing the morsel I click on the link in my email account and wha-la, I’m taken to the next page and message: “Success! Your account has been created……etc., etc., etc.” After doing a short victory move on the couch, I sheepishly hit the ‘continue’ button in the far bottom right corner. Feeling a bit like I’ve judged the government too quickly, I soon realize I’ve hit the nail on the head as I read the next encrypted message:

Access Denied

You don’t have permission to access “http://www.healthcare.gov/spawaitingroom/spawaitingroom.html?” on this server.

Notice how the link has “spawaitingroom” in the address? Now that’s hilarious! I’ve been to many spa’s and not one of them looked like this one…….All kidding set aside, I’m laughing both tears of humor and tears of sadness. “What mess have we allowed ourselves to get into now?” I ask myself. Who voted for this mess? Who thought this was a good idea? Who decided that our very poorly managed government would do any better at healthcare than it does handling the budget? “Not me…..not me…..” I respond out loud (my dog is now looking at me like I’m crazy).

I’m feeling a bit like I’m losing my mind and praying ObamaCare has great mental health benefits attached to the insurance requirements required by law. In my heart of hearts, I wish I could say ObamaCare is a great program (I do believe “Affordable Healthcare” for all Americans is an absolute must); but I can’t say I’m there. Anytime the government manages anything beyond taxes and war, we’re in trouble (well, we were already in trouble but I decided to give the government something for their efforts).

The authors of the Affordable Care Act only drafted policy; they didn’t ‘vet’ it. The ‘vetting’ will only happen over countless years of trial and error. American’s will be the guinea pigs and the government will be their customer service providers. The maze will only grow deeper and more confusing as each one comes together. How do I know this to be true? I’m still on the “Please wait…..” page.v

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  1. Tracey October 10, 2013

    Obamacare is B.S. I am unemployed and unemployment has run out. I have no healthcare and these morons tell me that I do NOT qualify for any type of affordable insurance and neither do my children. What???? Obama is now officially a moron to me!

  2. Mark October 13, 2013

    Let’s see Obamacare. suppose be affordable to americans.
    Healthcare.org marketplace. After I finally got through
    tell me my wife that’s unemployed. lowest cost insurance
    60% coverage will be $309.47 a month……. Now Mr. Obama
    How’s do american’s pay for this is high end insurance.

  3. Tony October 18, 2013

    I’ve been trying for 18 days (since it opened) to see what plans may be available; I have managed to “complete the application” but cannot view any health plans. My current insurance “must end after Dec 31, 2013” due to “new requirements of the Affordable Care Act” (this after Obama promised, numerous times, “if you like your current insurance, you can keep your current insurance.” The new plan that I will be automatically enrolled in is more than double my current premium, increasing over $600/MONTH!, with lower coverage (higher copays and deductibles). What’s “affordable” about that?

  4. Diana lust October 18, 2013

    I attempted to log in and was denied access twice a few days ago, so I waited to see if they would fix it. Today I went on a chat twice. And neither time I was able to deliver my concerns & questions. Website froze and later could see what the agent was trying to inform me

  5. Ivy N Gross October 21, 2013

    well surprise surprise we in Nevada cant get it even seniors cannot get it over 65yrs are we surprised hell no if you are going to give Obama care give it to everyone or none do as England does and they get the best of health I have never had the best of health here in the USA no matter what No due diligence whatsoever is serviced here in the United States Period

  6. Rachel October 31, 2013

    Thanks to Obamacare, I now get to pay almost double for health insurance with far less benefits. I understand the need for affordable healthcare. However, I do not believe Obama’s plan will help anyone. The government should not be allowed to mandate healthcare. Haven’t they messed things up enough?

  7. Tammy Paul November 3, 2013

    I just found outy insurance premiums will go up but they won’t pay for my medicine. Think I’ll just drop it all and pay out of pocket..Way to go .gov!

  8. dave November 6, 2013

    Do they have punctuation in England as your post is very hard to read, it looks like one BIG rambling sentence, period

  9. dave November 6, 2013

    Your plan obviously does not meet the Gov. requirements that they intentianally did not mention. The whole plan was “DESIGNED” to make middle class, and business, pay for the unwashed who do not, and will not, look after themselves. It was designed as a redistribution scheme, you take care of yourself, now take care of “the others” while Gov. takes a little off the top.

  10. Stacey March 30, 2014

    I am a 26 year old student…live at home…no job, no income, and have been denied insurance. Plus, already have over $11,000 in medical expenses which I incurred after being denied insurance coverage

  11. Ann April 3, 2014

    Well I think it is so stupid that when I tried to get coverage before the deadline for my 10 year old daughter I was told they could not get her private insurance cause she needed to go through All Kids which is so stupid because now we have to wait anywhere between 90-120 days to see if she gets coverage. so so stupid

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