Three little words: Essential Government Services. Now there’s a political puzzler if ever there was one. Just what are those essential government services provided by those farmyard fascists of our federal bureaucracy? And why, she asks pointedly, are the put-upon taxpayers footing the bill for all the non-essential ones?
Certainly Obamacare must be a Non-Essential Service since it seems nigh unto impossible to sign-up for this governmental grab bag at the Health Insurance Marketplace. When I attempted to check out the application process, I was first treated to a message ordering me to wait, as there were a lot of visitors to the website. After about 3 minutes, I was presented with another message: The System is Down at the Moment. For the past two hours, I have tried several times to get past the first step in the sign-up process but apparently Our Dear Daddy’s Healthcare Utopian Extravaganza is still unavailable. Hmmm, I wonder if the traffic jam is caused by actual applicants eager to enroll or by those curious non-customers just cruising the site?
The Washington Post this morning has taken note of all the Obamacare sign-up glitches that are occurring, but the devout apostles of progressivism are roiling back in defense of Our Dear Daddy and his government-is-best beatitude.
One commenter, however, who managed to complete an application on his state’s health exchange website had an interesting observation to make in response to Signing Up for Obamacare.
As a small business owner who provides some semblance of health insurance to my employees, I was excited to check out my options this morning. The problem is — it isn’t that simple.
The exchange won’t show you any pricing or options at all until you create an account and fill out an application, and then I saw this:
“Complete all the required fields in the employer application. An agent or broker who has signed a privacy and security agreement with the Marketplace can help you complete the application.”
So it doesn’t appear that I can anonymously shop prices and policies. I need to create an account and give them all sorts of information, then work with an insurance agent or broker to see any prices. It wasn’t clear if they would give my information out to agents, or if I was supposed to contact them myself. I tried the marketplace for individuals and wasn’t able to get pricing easily either.
Maybe my expectations were too ambitious, but I was under the impression that I would put in some basic information (age and family, size of employees) and be presented with options and pricing.