Healthcare.gov… Is this the best they can do?

Healtcare1Just so you know where I stand on this ObamaCare issue in general… I am not excited about the prospect of the government taking over healthcare for many reasons like: 1) when was the last time the government did anything well. 2) I’m not sure if I want the government making decisions about my healthcare. 3) By basically doubling (or more) the number of people with access to healthcare on January 1, 2014 there will not be enough doctors, nurses, or hospital. beds.

Now that said, I do believe that National Healthcare is essential. Maybe just not the way the Government is doing it. They should have looked closer at how it is done in most other big-time countries like Germany, Canada, France and the United Kingdom where they seem to have it working.

So… Today they finally launched Healthcare.gov, the web page were we can learn more about ObamaCare and research the various plans available in our specific states. Exciting stuff!

I was curious to see how their Government plans compared with the plan I have now so I decided to take a look at the site. After a long pause, “Thank You For Your Patients” a healthcare2page finally came up to guide me through setting up an account. You know, the kind of process we have all gone through to set up online accounts at most any online retail store or online bank. I looked simple enough until I got to the page that asks for those personal answers to general questions. I expected questions like. “What  high school did you attend?” or “Who was the best man at your wedding?”…

But the question box never filled in with questions.

Odd… This seems like something that should have been tested.

I think they had something like three years to get this Healthcare.gov website up and running. This scares me a little bit. These are the people who will be ultimately responsible for our healthcare and they can’t seem to get a basic web page running? The same kind of web page a one man retail site can probably set up in a week or less.

healthcare3Scary…

And… When I called the toll-free number the kind person on the phone apologized and seemed like the fact that the site was not working was a surprise to her. This is even though I found an online article in the Miami Herald talking about the problem.

She nicely told me to expect the problem to be fixed in a few hours or days. What?

I asked to speak with someone there who could tell me about the health plans in my state. Then she told me that the only way to get that information was online. They did not have anyone there I could talk to. I verified with her that the only way I could sign up for one of their plans was online and she said, yes. You have to do it online.

healthcare4I asked what there plan was for all those people Obamacare was meant to help but who may not have access to a computer or the internet? She said they would need to find a way to sign up online.

I don’t know about you but I think they are going to miss a few people.

And here’s the most fun part about Obamacare… We are all required to have some kind of health insurance or we will be forced to pay a penalty. Who will be in charge of verifying we all have insurance? Our friends at the Internal Revenue Service.

healthcare5This is going to be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

So… Back to my initial point about National Healthcare… Why don’t they just give it to everyone. Cut out all the middlemen. Charge us on our income tax returns every year.

And… They should get their website working!