Insurance agents getting phone calls asking, “Where do we get the free ObamaCare?”

posted at 4:52 pm on April 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via JWF, I’m tempted to call this Exhibit A in why basic lessons in economics should start in, say, the third grade. But let’s face it: How many parents trust their kid’s teacher to lay a solid, unpoliticized foundation for their understanding of markets?

Someday, and sooner than they think, these folks will notice that everything is five to 10 percent more expensive than it used to be. I wonder if they’ll make the connection.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups.

“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 The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

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.

Another woman quoted in the story wonders, “Why does it take so long for certain health care things to take effect?” I’d love the chance to explain it to her. The good news for Dems is that part of the toxic polling for ObamaCare is coming from people like this who want their unicorn and want it now and are grumpy when they find they can’t have it. That’s bound to soften in time as expectations adjust, so the polls will rebound (a bit). Or will they? “Free O-Care” sounds good but “free No-Care” will bring new disappointment, and needless to say, given the track record of recent state experiments with this subject, unsustainability should become a problem sooner than anyone expects. If only we had truly free health care, like, er, single-payer countries do…

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I half-want to ask my father if he knows anyone at his company who’s received such a call…

Dark-Star on April 7, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Free is effing expensive.

uknowmorethanme on April 7, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The day after O-care passed I jokingly said I would go to a hospital and demand a free O-Care funded operation. Sadly millions of imbeciles in this country are doing just that.

Some days it is amazing the lights come on given the amount of idiocy at work among the population.

angryed on April 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Some days it is amazing the lights come on given the amount of idiocy at work among the population.

angryed on April 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Don’t remind me. With the quality of public education in the state it is, one has to wonder how well such things are being run ‘behind the scenes’.

From what I hear the military is in desperate straits for similar reasons…and they HAVE to maintain standards on pain of people dying violently. What’s it like elsewhere?

Dark-Star on April 7, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Not one person making a call like this should be allowed to vote – EVER! Our current “democracy” – sucks!

Fatal on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Peggy Joseph, thinks Barack Obama will pay for her gas, mortgage, and who knows what else.

ama on April 7, 2010 at 9:06 PM

And did the Alphabet Networks make it clear to the slugs that get their primary news (opinions) from teevee– if they don’t change the channel to something more entertaining like the well-versed shrews at “The View”–that taxation would begin immediately but that “coverage” was four mile-years down the pike?

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor…if he is willing to accept the serf-reimbursement from Medicare that has been cut in this bill…”

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM

I am sure the 47% who don’t pay taxes will get “free” health care and they sure as heck don’t care what it costs to those who do. They have zero concept where all these services come from and who is paying.

Cindy Munford on April 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Democrats should just tell everyone to plunder their neighbors house.

daesleeper on April 7, 2010 at 9:35 PM

And to think of either the ignorance or laziness of people who prior to O-care were eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP for their children never got off the couch to sign up!

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM

We need to pass so we can see it.

That statement alone should toss those people out of office. You read something before you raise your hand and vote for it. Now look what we have to go through to repeal this damn thing. Every damn one of the ones who voted for this crap needs to be thrown the hell out or dragged out kicking and screaming. There’s things in that bill that have nothing to do with healthcare and one we need to demand a full reveal now that its a law especially. This is absurd.

johnnyU on April 7, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Pass IT soe we can see whats in it

johnnyU on April 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM

“They’re saying, ‘Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?’”

“Let’s get things started, shall we? First, fill out Form ID-10T.”

ya2daup on April 8, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Caller: Where do I can the new free health care?

Insurance Agent: Put a list of your health issues under your pillow tonight. While you are asleep the Obama fairy will come and provide you your insurance. Make sure you go to sleep because he wont come if your awake.

shick on April 8, 2010 at 8:45 AM

“Let’s get things started, shall we? First, fill out Form ID-10T.”

ya2daup on April 8, 2010 at 2:41 AM


shick on April 8, 2010 at 8:46 AM

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