With a couple weeks before the exchanges open, and Republicans threatening to shut down the government until everybody understands Obamacare, I was planning on writing a piece about how:
- the GOP is basically admitting that they don’t understand what is now a major part of the American government
- much of the media doesn’t understand it either, so they’re unequipped to point out that the GOP’s behavior is unspeakably embarrassing
Then I got kind of circumspect about what I’ve written, which is overly analytical and makes Obamacare seem complicated. If you’re a consumer, here’s what Obamacare means for you:
Go to www.healthcare.gov and buy your health insurance
Enrolling in Obamacare is a 2-step process:
1. Go to www.healthcare.gov
2. Buy health insurance
Obamacare is a bunch of superbly complex regulations that are intended to lower insurance prices and expand coverage. They’re working! Insurance prices are lower.
It’s time to stop debating whether or not Obamacare is a good idea, and to start sending people to www.healthcare.gov so they can buy their insurance. Alternatively, have them call 800-318-2596.
If people go there and are pleased, they will like the law! If they go there and are displeased, they won’t like the law.
It’s my (very strong) opinion that, given the demographics of people who are likely to go to www.healthcare.gov, they will see low-priced insurance plans and be very pleased. The fact that the GOP is willing to default on US debt to prevent people from going to www.healthcare.gov is a big tell that they think people will be pleased.
Obviously, much of this will pose a problem for people who don’t have internet access and aren’t comfortable enrolling in health care over the phone. Since Gov. Kasich has basically sabotaged the Navigator program, it’ll be difficult for people without internet to enroll.
But they can always call 800-318-2596, which is run by the federal government. And it isn’t subject to annual appropriations, so operators will be on hand, even if Speaker Boehner shuts down the government.