“Now that those glitches have been taken care of,” Newsnet 5’s Debora Lee reports, one Ohio woman finally went shopping for health insurance on Healthcare.gov — and wishes she hadn’t. “I thought it was supposed to help,” Liz Binns told Lee, but now she asks, “How can I pay this kind of money out?”
Welcome to the (kinda) fully functional ObamaCare (via The Right Scoop):
Binns had been trying to navigate the government’s health care website since October to find affordable insurance for her husband, a 60-year-old who has a pre-existing condition and whose job doesn’t offer coverage.
What she finally found for him Monday carries a premium of more than $400 a month and a $5,000 annual deductible.
“How can I pay this kind of money out?” she asked. “It’s going to take at least a second job and praying that I would make enough on a second job just to pay for this health insurance.” …
“I thought this was going to be the miracle for us,” she said, “and it’s not.”
You don’t apply to governments for miracles, even though Barack Obama clearly needs one at this point more than ever. He’s banking on making a few more speeches to distract everyone from the financial consequences of ObamaCare, but it doesn’t work when those consequences become personal and ongoing. Every clinic visit that requires cash now rather than a co-pay because of increased deductibles, and every paycheck lowered because of premium increases, will remind the Binns and everyone else just how much they’re losing thanks to ObamaCare’s disruption of a market that had been largely functioning well for most Americans. And when the fall of 2014 approaches, tens of millions more will find themselves tossed into the same position.
It’s not the website. The website has been a distraction for Americans. It’s the bill coming due that Obama will have to explain … every day until the midterms.