You can now apply for Obamacare by phone

People have had such a hard time signing up online that the government has now opened the telephone lines.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 21, 2013 4:25PM
Screenshot of the HealthCare.gov website. Courtesy of HealthCare.GovBy Brett Logiurato, Business Insider

There's already a big change this Monday morning on HealthCare.gov, the federal website where consumers have had (so far) anything but a smooth time signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.


Now featured on the site is an "apply by phone" button, reminding customers that they can apply for coverage over the phone. 


In its first three weeks live, the HealthCare.gov website has been a glitch-filled disaster that has prevented some people from signing up for coverage that can begin as soon as Jan. 1. 


Needless to say, comparing insurance plans -- and signing up -- would be a complicated and more time-consuming process by phone.


Other changes to the site include a contact number that's displayed above the fold on the homepage.


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Oct 21, 2013 4:54PM
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You can keep your old insurance LIE! The average person will see a decrease in insurance cost of $2500.00 LIE. The exchange websites were tested and retested and will make signing up simple and seamless LIE. You will have more choices in quality plans than ever before LIE. Your out of pocket costs will be lower LIE. We needed the ACA in order to get rid of the pre-existing conditions loop hole LIES, LIES, and more LIES.
Oct 21, 2013 5:14PM
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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN A COUNTRY RUN BY IDIOTS:

WHEN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES STAND ON THE FIFTH WHEN BEING QUESTIONED
ABOUT THEIR WORK PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!!!

THEN THEY KEEP GETTING PAID - -   AND FINALLY TAKE THEIR RETIREMENT AND PENSION (YOUR MONEY)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2013 5:09PM
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OBAMA COULD HAVE CREATED A LEGACY FOR HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!

ALL HE HAD TO DO IS END GOVERNMENTS MISERABLE PERFORMANCE, AND LIVE UP TO HIS PROMISES!!!!!     BUT NO - HE'S MAKING UP NEW CORRUPT BUREAUS, TELLING NEW LIES, COVERING UP FOR AND IGNORING HIS LYING UNDERLINGS WHO ARE NOW TAKING THE FIFTH WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT WITH THEIR FINGERS IN THE TILL!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2013 4:57PM
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Yes, YOU too can get Obamacare just by calling on your Obamaphone! :)
Oct 21, 2013 5:03PM
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For all of you who have made disparaging remarks about

President Obama , please read the following...

 

I'm sure most of us have read the so-called comparison of Lincoln

and Kennedy , but did you ever consider the relationship between

Obama and Lincoln ?

 

You might be surprised...

 

Parallels of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Hussein Obama :

 

1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration.

Obama used the same Bible.

 

2. Lincoln came from Illinois. Obama comes from Illinois        .

 

3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature. Obama served

in the Illinois Legislature.

 

4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President.

Obama had very little experience before becoming President.

 

5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington

for his inauguration.

 

6. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer. Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

7. Lincoln was a Republican. Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

8. Lincoln was in the United States military. Obama is a skinny lawyer .

 

9. Lincoln believed in everyone carrying their own weight. Obama

is a skinny lawyer.

 

10. Lincoln did not waste taxpayers' money on personal enjoyments .

Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

11. Lincoln was highly respected. Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

12. Lincoln was born in the United States . Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

13. Lincoln was honest, so honest he was called Honest Abe .

Obama is a skinny lawyer

 

14. Lincoln saved the United States.  Obama is a skinny lawyer.

 

AMAZING, ISN'T IT?
Oct 21, 2013 5:00PM
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what a cluster the phone call is,  took over an hour and the people still cant figure out anything.  heck this girl was so confused and basically stupid on every front.  sh had no answers and after an hour we just gave up.  she could not even spell    .  this was done by one of the people here in my office.  she will not try again and like the rest here will not comply with the law
Oct 21, 2013 5:10PM
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QUOTE FROM AN "EXPERT"

"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE"?????
Oct 21, 2013 5:10PM
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“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”


Oct 21, 2013 5:07PM
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Age 76 - obama care will not cover....
  
PLEASE PASS THIS    OUTRAGE TO EVERY ONE ON YOUR LIST!!!
THIS should be    read by everyone, especally important to those over 75. If you are younger,    then it applies to your parents.
 
Your hospital  Medicare admittance has just changed under Obama Care. You must be admitted by your primary Physician in order for Medicare to pay for it! If you are    admitted by an emergency room doctor it is treated as outpatient care where hospital costs are not covered. This is only the tip of the iceberg for Obama Care. Just wait to see what happens in 2013 &  2014!
 
At age 72, today,  I went to the Dr. for my monthly B12 shot that I have been getting for a number of years. The nurse came and got me, got out the needle filled and  ready to go then looked at the computer and got very quiet and asked if I was    prepared to pay for it. I said no that my insurance takes care of  it. She said, that  Medicare had turned it down and went to talk to my Dr. about it. 15 minutes  later she came back and said, she was sorry but they had tried every-thing    they could but Medicare is beginning to turn many things down for seniors because of the projected Obama Care coming in. She was brushing at tears and said, "Some day they too will get old", I am so very sorry!!
Please for the sake of many good people, please... pass this on. We all need to be informed.

                               YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS...

At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment
page    272
 
What Nancy Pelosi didn't want us to know until after the healthcare bill was passed.    Remember she said, "We have to pass the Bill so that we can see what's in it."  Well, here it    is.

                               Obama Care Highlighted by Page  Number

                               THE CARE BILL HB 3200

JUDGE KITHIL IS THE 2ND OFFICIAL WHO HAS OUTLINED    THESE PARTS OF THE CARE BILL.

Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, TX -
Highlighted the most egregious pages of  HB3200

         Please read  this....... especially the reference to pages 58 & 59

 
JUDGE KITHIL  wrote:
 
Page 50/section  152:
 
The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents,
even if they are here illegally.

Page 58 and 59:
 
The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts .

Page 65/section 164:
 
The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - ACORN).
 
Page 203/line 14-15:
 
The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax.
(How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)

Page 241 and 253:
 
Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.

Page 272. section  1145:
 
Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age.
 
Page 317 and  321:
 
The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion;
however, communities may petition for an exception.

Page 425, line   4-12:
 
The government    mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years. (Death  counseling..)
 
Page 429, line 13-25:
 
The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

      HAD ENOUGH???? Judge Kithil then goes on to identify:

"Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not apply to members of Congress."  (why not?????)
 
Honorable David Kithil of Marble Falls, Texas

All of the above should give you the ammo you  need to oppose Obamacare.
Please send this information on to all of your email  contacts.
Oct 21, 2013 5:11PM
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I fear that even an asteroid the size of the moon crashing into the earth cannot save us from the third world infusion of both illegal and legal voters this country is plagued with!!!!! 

THEY WANT ANOTHER THIRD WORLD COUNTRY TO LANGUISH IN!!!!


Oct 21, 2013 5:08PM
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THIS SHOWS HOW STUPID OBAMA IS - ALONG WITH ALL WHO VOTED FOR HIM!!!!

HOW CAN THERE EVER BE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE?????

DOCTORS AND LAWYERS ARE THE CEMENT WHICH HOLDS FAST THE HIGH COST OF MEDICINE TO THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!

HOW MANY DOCTORS AND LAWYERS DO YOU SEE DRIVING AROUND IN A KIA??????????

HOW MANY PATIENTS DO YOU SEE DRIVING AROUND IN KIA'S??????????

IF YOU HAVE COMPREHENDED WHAT YOU HAVE JUST READ YOU WILL SEE THE TRUTH IN THE PROSPECT OF

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!!!!

OBAMA IS SELLING SNAKE OIL - -  UNION MADE SNAKE OIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2013 5:12PM
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Can't imagine a ten year old saying this but.................
 
Hot coffee -
I was eating breakfast with my 10-year-old Granddaughter
and I asked her, "What day is tomorrow?".
Without skipping a beat she said, "It's President's Day!".
She's smart, so I asked her "What does President's Day
mean?".
I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln,
etc.
She replied, "President's Day is when President Obama steps
out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we have
4 more years of Bull**it."
You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose!




Since I be votin’ for Obama, my taxes have gone up, my employer stopped offering health insurance and my guns were taken away.
Damn you George Bush.
 


Oct 21, 2013 5:10PM
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SUBJECT: Obama 4th best president ever.

I was just reading that after less than 4 years,
Obama has been rated the 4th best president ever:
Reagan and 9 others tied for first,
15 presidents tied for second,
19 other presidents tied for third.

Obama came in fourth.
Oct 21, 2013 5:09PM
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well it sounds to me just like a government run program, the web site is so screwed up that obama himself does not know how to use it,

now you want telephone access, This will mean the entire world can now tap into obamacare, our government cant protect so much as a rotting turd in a private toilet let alone a phone access system to obamacare.

another big joke on us people, obama is the biggest embarassment that the united states has ever known. this clown does not need a suit to do his job, he is a natural born clown.

our country has suffered terrible losses under this moron. god bless the united states of america and may that muslim in our whitehouse that is finishing the job that obama bin laden did not.

the americans that elected him need to be forced out of this nation for treason.

Oct 21, 2013 5:13PM
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HERE IS THE BIGGEST WORRY!!!

THE "47%"!!!

… or, How Obama was Re-elected, and clinton will be too:


When devastating hurricanes struck the East Coast, even
houses of worship were not spared.  A local television station
interviewed a woman from New York's Harlem area and asked
how the loss of churches in the area had affected their lives.

Without hesitation, the woman replied, "I don't know 'bout all
them other peoples, but we haven't gone to Church's in years.
We gets our chicken from Popeye's."
Oct 21, 2013 5:14PM
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And just wait until they call and find out........oops you dont qualify........and people cant wait until those premiums.......and those so attractive deductibles will be.   It's so funny to watch that old crow Pelosi try to explain what's going wrong, I think she needs more time to find her notes before she makes a statement. lol  She does going putting on her depends in the morning.  What a tool!  I'm still waiting if this is such a sweet system why he or Congress/ Senate isnt on the just so....so....mouth watering plans?  Put your legislation where your mouth is Odumbo you, Congress, Senate, and that pathetic Supreme Court sign up!   Oh, wait Odumbo speaks both sides of his mouth....do as I say, not as i do.
Oct 21, 2013 5:48PM
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What if my obamaphone runs out of minutes while waiting on hold?


I guess I could order some foodstamp take out and get it delivered to my section 8 house while I wait.


Thankfully my 6 kids are at daycare, aka at K12 school.

Oct 21, 2013 5:04PM
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 "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
   ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
Oct 21, 2013 5:18PM
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You can now apply for Obamacare by OBAMAphone

Isn't that the OLD FASHION WAY???     IS THE STAFF OF ACORN MANING THE PHONES ?

OR MAYBE THE  I R S ???    How many FELONS ARE INVOLVED !!!

TO the undocumented,,,,,, WILL THEY  BE GETTING SS #'s That are already in play ??
Oct 21, 2013 5:05PM
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OLD GEEZER WROTE:


 "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
   ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

BIRDMAN 146 WROTE:

Old Geeser.....You must be old enough to remember when the USA had some degree of common sense and the people were integral ......!!!

Am I correct ?????

OLD GEEZER WROTE:

BIRDMAN - SADLY I CAN SAY I CAN REMEMBER CROOKED POLITICIANS FOR AS MANY YEARS AS CANDLES ON MY BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!   JOHN FOSTER DULLES WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ALONG WITH McCARTHY!!!!  EVERY TIME I BUY A BANANA I THINK ABOUT THE SLAUGHTER SOUTH AMERICANS SUFFERED FOR OUR TREACHERY!!!    ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES I SEE TODAY IS HOW THE MEDIA IS AIDING AND ABETTING TODAYS TRAITORS!!!    THEY KNOW THEY HAVE AN IGNORANT, LAZY, SLOTHFUL AUDIENCE - AND THEY SUCKER THEM IN EVERY TIME!!!    JUST LIKE THE UNIONS - WHO FOUND OUT ABOUT THEIR IGNORANCE AFTER IT WAS TOO LATE!!!!
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