Applying for Obamacare could be painful
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be as easy as shopping online. But the application form is nothing like one-click buying.
If you think doing taxes is fun, you're going to love applying for Obamacare.
Getting benefits from the Affordable Care Act may require filling out a 21-page form, according to a draft proposal. And the online version doesn't sound any easier, with a hefty 21 steps, according to the Associated Press. That's a far cry from Amazon.com's (AMZN) one-step ordering process.
The complexity raises the question of whether the application form will actually backfire, scaring off the very consumers the law is meant to serve.
While the government estimates the paper application should take 45 minutes to complete, that seems like wishful thinking. It's like when a cookbook advises you to set aside 30 minutes to prepare a complicated dish. If your gut tells you that time frame applies only to experts, you're probably right.
"This lengthy draft application will take a considerable amount of time to fill out and will be difficult for many people to be able to complete," Ron Pollack, executive director of advocacy group Families USA, told the AP. "It does not get you to the selection of a plan."
Would-be Obamacare customers need to supply information such as their current employment status, their income, what deductions they take and other income from sources such as rental properties or capital gains.
And the application is just the start. Applicants will have their paperwork examined by three major U.S. agencies, including the IRS. An applicant's income, identity and citizenship will be reviewed.
Of course, the application is still only in draft form, which means it may change before it's issued to the public. But perhaps it's not surprising that the form is so lengthy or complicated, given that the government isn't known for consumer-friendly paperwork.
When the Federal Government is involved - you can expect massive paperwork and dealing with people who know less than you about the subject matter. IE: - Internal Revenue Service- and who is responsible for administering and collecting the taxes (not fees) - IRS.
If Congress had this plan - it would change for sure. We should demand Congress has to be under this wonderful thing called OBAMACARE - "The Affordable Care Act". BULL****!!!
Remember Pelosi's statement that "we have to pass this bill to find out what is in it"? Now we are finding out. Government stupidity personified.
Color me shocked.
First it is FAR more expensive and now it is overly complex and bureaucratic.
Who could have guessed that...
This country is screwed with our stupid **** ANTI-AMERICAN Black President. If you don't have insurance, it your own fault. The majority of the A-holes benefitting from this stupid **** plan are the ones that get everything else for free. They already know how to manipulate the system and get their health care for free so lets just keep on enabling all of the worthless illegal's that need to get the HELL out of our country and go back to where they came from.
So why would anyone be surprised that this new tax form would be long and complicated to fill out.
And wouldn't applying for Obamacare be the same as submitting an application to be taxed?
the dumocrats got exactly what they paid for, a tax increase and nothing in return, except another 15% tax at year end for not having insurance, how dumb do you have to be to think you are getting something for nothing. I hope every person that voted for obama has to pay the 15% tax at years end, you deserve it.
What people just now come to their senses, Name me a well government run program? Can't think of one can you!!
All Obama care is going to do is bankrupt this country then the liberals will be happy because they took down the greatest country in the world Will make Obama, quite happy and very pleased with himself. His administration should be also the same if they say it won't bankrupt this country. Their lying to you through their eyeteeth this effect, it will bankrupt this country, it will bring it down. And right now there's not a damn thing we can do to stop it. So be happy if your liberal be sad if you're conservative for all you liberals out there have a lousy day for all you conservatives out there. Try to have a good day is not going be easy, but at least you can do is try.
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