Two weeks after U.S. president Barack Obama signed his massive health care bill into law, confused Americans are flooding insurance companies and doctor's offices with calls asking, "where's my free health care?"
"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.
All this mass confusion indicates that most Kool Aid drinkers don't understand the complexities of the bill they rooted so hard for. They honestly believed Obama's rhetoric that everyone in America would get health care. Most of them don't yet realize that they will all pay through their teeth for that health care that Obama promised.
Even the poorest of the poor will get government subsidies to help with their premiums, but they will still have to pay out of their pocket.
And if you lose your job, you will still have to pay your insurance premium or the IRS will yank your tax refund. Do you think the police care that you lost your job if you get stopped for driving without car insurance?
McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.
"We tell them it's not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014," McLean said. Read More...