Now that Obamacare is a fait accompli, the mainstream media is discovering what the rest of us have known for years: Obamacare is a bureaucratic mess, unlikely to solve the nation’s healthcare woes. Senator Mitch McConnell’s office recently released a photo showing just how complicated the regulations for the bill have become. Sadly, the photo depicting a tower of regulatory paperwork seven feet tall isn’t even the final product of what will become the backbone of Obamacare; more regulations are on the way.
The Associated Press got the scoop on the latest bad news for Obamacare supporters with an incredibly amusing headline for any conservative who saw this coming from a mile away: “AP Exclusive: Applying for health care not easy.” The AP’s story described the forms involved with applying for Obamacare, which “could be as daunting as doing your taxes.” The forms the AP are referencing are only the first step in applying for the health insurance which requires applicants prove their financial need.
Understandably, demand for the plan has been meager at best. Roll Call reports that some government agencies are so desperate to increase enrollment that they’ve been reduced to gimmicks to promote the insurance:
When a California county wanted to encourage residents to buy health insurance earlier this year, officials employed a time-tested tactic for generating interest: nudity.
The Alameda County Social Services Agency’s ad campaign featured bare-skinned people who held up signs in strategic spots that read, “Cover your family.”
For those Americans feeling daunted by the process, the Department of Health and Human Services has produced a video to explain the process in more detail. The video runs 12 minutes long and instead of clarifying the process, it ends up muddying the waters considerably.
Thanks to Obamacare and its regulatory red tape, there may be a lot more of that financial need for low-cost insurance programs in coming years despite the bill being named the “Affordable Care Act.” The AP also reported today that
Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.
The nation’s big health insurers say they expect premiums — or the cost for insurance coverage — to rise from 20 to 100 percent for millions of people due to changes that will occur when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out in January 2014.
If only the mainstream media had come to these realizations before the bill was voted on and passed.