Day 3 and I was able to access healthcare.gov NY!
But not for long!
When I went to apply early this morning, this is what I got:
Due to overwhelming interest in the NY State of Health – including millions of visits during the first few days of site launch – the health exchange is currently having log in issues. We encourage users who are unable to log in to come back to the site later when these issues will be resolved.
However, I was able to create an account. The site was slow but it worked. I was then faced with a long application that contained intrusive questions about every part of my life and, frankly, there is no way I would ever use an exchange that requires me to give up that kind of information.
I went as far as I was willing to go, especially since the IRS can access my financial accounts any time they want, without a warrant, and even take money from my account if they feel I owe them.
The questions and data they were collecting actually frightened me and I am not easily frightened. They wanted all my pertinent personal and financial information
I went back into the site later because I wanted to see if I could un-enroll and I got this waiting room image (it was hours of this):
I was able to sign onto chat and, after 25 minutes, a woman came onto chat but didn’t answer my questions. She said to call New York because they have their own plan. She gave me a phone number but I can’t get through as of now.
Healthcare.gov is probably running as well as Medicare and Medicaid, but that’s simply a guess.
The wait screen disappeared and I got a login screen. It said I was putting incorrect information in, which I was not. Sigh!
If I needed to get through to protest their denial of my life-saving surgery, would I get a wait screen I wonder?
Congress members and their aides all signed up for the Gold healthcare plan I hear. I don’t doubt the process for them was expedited. They didn’t sign up for Platinum – for now – for political reasons obviously. In some ways, they are transparent.
Why should they get a subsidy of 72% I’d like to know? I make less than they do, can’t engage in Insider Trading like they can, and I don’t get a subsidy despite the fact that they are the ones who saddled me with this miserable government-controlled healthcare system.
Mr. Obama said that there are just some glitches which he blamed on the huge numbers of people signing on to the healthcare.gov sites. He also said it’s no different than the glitches Apple experiences:
Excerpt from the Transcript:
Now, like every new law, every new product roll-out, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix. I’ve been saying this from the start. For example, we found out that there have been times this morning where the site’s been running more slowly than it normally will. The reason is because more than one million people visited healthcare.gov before 7:00 in the morning. To put that in context, there were five times more users in the marketplace this morning than have ever been on medicare.gov at one time. That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that’s a good thing.
And we’re going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all of this demand that exceeds anything that we had expected. Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t. That’s not how we do things in America. We don’t actively root for failure. We get to work, we make things happen, we make them better, we keep going.
Now, I ask you, if you bought an Apple iPhone and when you picked it up to make a call, if you got the message, ‘Attention, we have a few glitches, please be patient and try again,’ would you be patient or would you take it right back to Apple?
How long do you think Apple would stay in business if they operated the way the government does?
This inefficient overly-vast and heartless machine is now in charge of your healthcare and the healthcare of your loved ones.
There are 178 days left to apply for the exchange but if you don’t, here are the penalties phased in over three years:
In 2014, the penalty will be the greater of 1.0% of taxable income or $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $285 per family).
In 2015, the penalty will be the greater of 2.0% of taxable income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (up to $975 per family).
In 2016, the penalty will be at the greater of 2.5% of taxable income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child (up to $$2,085 per family).
The government can now punish you for not buying what they tell you to buy. Sounds like statism to me.
Let’s hope they have this mess fixed by 2016. Until then, stay healthy. Mr. Obama should have grabbed the deal to delay the individual mandate. His healthcare system doesn’t appear to be quite ready for primetime.
You’ll be reassured to know that former President Clinton says we will get used to it. “I just think that when all these dire predictions don’t come out, if they don’t — I believe that pretty soon, within the next several years, this will be like Medicare and Medicaid. And it’ll be a normal part of our life. And people will be glad it’s there.”
It’s kind of like hanging I guess.