ObamaCare’s headaches: Are all of these untrue, too?

posted at 9:21 pm on February 27, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The implementation of this law has broken down at every single level. Harry Reid has chosen to defame those who speak out about their giant, life-threatening problems with Obamacare, but what of the thousand daily headaches the law is causing due to bad design, unintended but entirely predictable consequences, and the error cascade that followed the exchanges’ disastrous launch? Sen. Harry Reid would call these mere trifles since he’s willing to dismiss women with cancer losing their coverage. But I don’t think it’s politically wise to argue that that the people living this stuff every day are not really living it. Or, that their time and trouble means nothing so long as we’re marching forward toward Reid’s dream of a health care system, where ladies with cancer are slandered on the Senate floor for not thanking the Senate for the chance to have a plan they liked taken from them to gamble on the unpredictable, expensive, subpar plans Obama wants them to have.

This came from NPR, so is this a lie, Senator? Julie Boonstra’s life means nothing to Reid. Sheila Lawless’ time will mean even less. But it should mean something to us:

Sheila Lawless is the office manager at a small rheumatology practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas. She makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly – scheduling patients, collecting payments, keeping the lights on. Recently she added another duty–incorporating the trickle of patients with insurance plans purchased on the new Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Open enrollment doesn’t end until March 31, but people who have already bought Obamacare plans are beginning to use them. “We had a spattering in January—maybe once a week. But I think we’re averaging two to three a day now,” says Lawless.

That doesn’t sound like many new customers, but it’s presented a major challenge: verifying that these patients have insurance. Each exchange patient has required the practice to spend an hour or more on the phone with the insurance company. “We’ve been on hold for an hour, an hour and 20, an hour and 45, been disconnected, have to call back again and repeat the process,” she explains. Those sorts of hold times add up fast.

In the past, offices have been able to make sure patients are insured quickly, by using an online verification system. But for exchange patients, practices also have to call the insurer to make sure the patient has paid his premium. If he hasn’t, the insurance company can refuse to pay the doctor for the visit, or come back later and recoup a payment it made.

More than an hour on hold per exchange patient just to do the routine verification that the private sector pre-Obamacare status quo we hear was so horrible had down to a several-second online process. This is one of these instances where Obamacare’s chestnuts are ironically pulled out of the fire by its failures, to some extent. Imagine how bad this would be for Lawless and her countless counterparts all over the country, if the error-ridden system with its pay-is-optional design had actually managed to attract 7 million Americans. It’s easy to think this isn’t a huge deal, especially when compared to someone with cancer losing coverage for her medication. But Lawless is a symbol for many other Americans and many other actors in the health care system. How much attention to other patients is being eaten up by the 6-8 hours she’s spending making sure three or four are actually enrolled in Obamacare? This was reform that was supposed to bring more attentive patient care and less administrative worry. So much for that. So much for whatever work Lawless did instead of verifying Obamacare patients for hours a day, and for the time she maybe spent with her family or doing a hobby, which is now spent playing catch-up on the rest of her normal verification work.

And, then there’s this. When they attack my pizza, they attack me:

Tucked deep in the Affordable Care Act is language requiring all restaurants with at least 20 locations to list nutritional information alongside each and every item on their menu.

That edict is now creating headaches for small business owners across the country, particularly pizza chains.

Take Domino’s. There are 34 million different pizza combinations available at the chain, when all crusts and cheeses and toppings are factored in.

Now imagine walking into a Domino’s and navigating a menu board with 34 million different options on it.

Executives say figuring out the small print will be a big burden.

“Our company, like many pizza enterprises, is individual small business franchisees, so these are people that own three or four, or one or two Domino’s pizza stores,” said Domino’s spokeswoman Lynn Liddle. “To have to redo the menu boards every time something changes on a calorie count would cost them several thousand dollars.”

Even some Democrats have turned against the calorie count requirements, as they’ve turned on other onerous Obamacare requirements after they voted for them:

“What the FDA did, I think, was really an overreach,” Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., told Fox News.

Sanchez backs legislation that encourages the FDA to allow certain restaurants — especially places that deliver frequently — to provide information online or through an app, or offer information for a variety of toppings and combinations.

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013 has bipartisan support in Congress.

Hey, just a couple thousand dollars per small business. Just a couple hours per Obamacare verification. Just a couple doctors you can’t see, cancer patient.

And, your headache will last forever and ever, whether you like it or not:


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It is essential the GOP retakes the Senate and this horrible evil man is sent into retirement.

John the Libertarian on February 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

“We have to DESTROY the economy in order to see how it works.”

Progressive/Leftist/Democrat conventional wisdom

Seriously, one liberal family member forwarded a “Raise the minimum wage to $ 15.00″ petition today – her father “Liked” it.

When the bad times arrive, neither of these grasshoppers should come knocking on my door.

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Along with doctor bills now quadrupling on people, I just don’t understand why anyone thinks this is anything less than absolutely awesome!

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UnderstandingisPower on February 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

And, then there’s this. When they attack my pizza, they attack me:

The libtards have an answer for that too. You don’t need extra toppings. From now on, only cheese pizzas will be sold– make with organic milk from free range cows. You shouldn’t want to have other toppings; we know what’s best for you.

Glenn Jericho on February 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Where’s Sen. Dean Heller (NV-Wildebeast) messaging this by counter-attacking Reid with NV constituent examples?

aquaviva on February 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

It is essential the GOP retakes the Senate and this horrible evil man is sent into retirement.

John the Libertarian on February 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

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If the GOPe retakes the Senate … they will rubberstamp Obama’s agenda until the collapse.

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

What I can’t figure out is how the Koch Bros somehow made Dog Eater break federal law and issue all his delays and waivers, those dudes are evil.

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

From now on, only cheese pizzas will be sold – made with organic SOY milk from free range cows. You shouldn’t want to have other toppings; we know what’s best for you.

Glenn Jericho on February 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM


Oh … and gluten free crust, too!

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

You should put her on the spot. “Why not $30 an hour, you hate poor people don’t you????”

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Retaking the Senate won’t change the fact that the executive branch is held by the Dems, the judicial branch supports the law, and the GOP has, frankly, been supine in its approach to fighting it with the one house in the one branch which they hold.

2 (houses of Congress) x 0 (effort in fighting the ACA) = NOTHING, just like 1 x 0 does. One or two houses of Congress, it won’t matter. And they’ll lose the Senate and the White House in 2016 as well.

If I had some confidence in the spine of Republicans, I would have hope. Most of them are just spineless jellyfish. Useless.

xNavigator on February 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You should put her on the spot. “Why not $30 an hour, you hate poor people don’t you????”

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I do hate poor people. They seem to always vote democrat.

And always stay poor.

Lanceman on February 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

“Why not $30 an hour, you hate poor people don’t you????”

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

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She lives in an inner city neighborhood in a house which is literally falling down around her as proof of her “convictions”.

Of course, she also told my wife three years ago she felt “she shouldn’t have to work” – society should just SUPPORT single moms forever.

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Hey! I’m sure ALL the Democratic pols like Nancy Pelosi will be more than happy to have some of their staff volunteer to help out with these snafus.

GarandFan on February 27, 2014 at 9:38 PM

The Hamster apparently doesn’t watch TV where we’re feted to frequent cheery commercials from earnest young people who love ObamaCare because, good health isn’t optional, it’s a right, and they all feel so much better now.

LashRambo on February 27, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Flawless.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Obviously the Koch brothers broke into NPR and made them run that story.

OrdinaryAverageGuy on February 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

We are living a national nightmare. This is much worse than Watergate, yet there is neither an opposition party nor the press to even attempt to wake up the American people.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Obama has no migraine…he has the best healthcare imagined..

For the rest of us…

“For the first time in my adult life, I will not have health insurance..”

Electrongod on February 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

NO ONE in DC tells the truth except Obama and the Democrats.

/SARC X100,000,000

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM

We are living a national nightmare. This is much worse than Watergate, yet there is neither an opposition party nor the press to even attempt to wake up the American people.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

We are witnessing a FASCIST COUP, on TV, in the open. And can’t do anything about it.

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

And all of the work Shelia Lawless can’t do because she’s verifying Obamacare patients has to be done by someone else. So the doctor has to pay someone else to work more hours or hire someone new, raising costs.

hopeful on February 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Maybe Harry Reid just assumed that since Obama told a Three Pinocchio Lie about his own mother’s health insurance problems, everybody does.

de rigueur on February 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

…u n b e l i v e a b l e !

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Hey, who cares about all this ObamaCare crap, we’ve got NEW NUTRITION LABELING!!!

climbnjump on February 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

We are witnessing a FASCIST COUP, on TV, in the open. And can’t do anything about it.

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I beg to disagree….
In the People lies the power.
One million surrounding the Congress….One million surrounding the White House…..Ten thousand surrounding you Reps offices.
Don’t forget the pitchforks.
If that doesn’t work…Nationwide strike until Barrydon’tcare is repealed and the border is shut down.
III

Sgt Stryker on February 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

. . . but what of the thousand daily headaches the law is causing due to bad design, unintended but entirely predictable consequences …..
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Mary Katharine Ham on February 27, 2014 at 9:21 PM

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Too many Americans are still unable to see what’s so flagrantly, blatantly obvious to the rest of us, because of their self-inflicted, ‘hedonistic, fantasy induced coma’.

listens2glenn on February 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Obama and Reid, Mengele’s Spawn, through your arrogance, heartlessness and stupidity, you have opened this formally blessed land and millions of innocent lives to the horror and devastation of ObamaCare… You should be cast out to the deepest pits of hell!

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Sgt Stryker on February 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Forgot….American Spring….time to prune the Tree of Liberty.

III

Sgt Stryker on February 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

NO ONE in DC tells the truth except Obama and the Democrats.

/SARC X100,000,000

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM

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Another ‘sarcasm-meter’ “bites the dust”.
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Seems to be happening more frequently, as of late.

listens2glenn on February 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Double, double
Toil and trouble
Round about the cauldron go
In the poisoned entrails throw
Fillet of Kevorkian snake
In the cauldron boil and bake
Eye of bribed congressman and toe of Ezekiel frog
Wool of kos ding bat and tongue of rabid dog
Senator’s pork and blind-bureaucrat sting
Chris Matthews tingling leg and White House eugenics wing
Maw of ravening tax shark
Root of Obama hemlock digged in the dark

Cheshire Cat on February 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Trolls are scared to comment here – they’re full of it and get exposed WAY too easily.

22044 on February 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

“So far, no one has returned our call” Harry Reid says your a liar.

Mini-14 on February 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

The implementation of this law has broken down at every single level. Harry Reid has chosen to defame those who speak out about their giant, life-threatening problems with Obamacare, but what of the thousand daily headaches the law is causing due to bad design, unintended but entirely predictable consequences, and the error cascade that followed the exchanges’ disastrous launch?

Oh no. No, no, no. That can’t be. Verbaluce promised it was just the websites, and they were getting fixed any day now.

As he put it,

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three one hundred twenty-four one hundred twenty-five one hundred twenty-six one hundred twenty-seven one hundred twenty-eight one hundred twenty-nine one hundred thirty one hundred thirty-one one hundred thirty-two one hundred thirty-three one hundred thirty-four one hundred thirty-five one hundred thirty-six one hundred thirty-seven one hundred thirty-eight one hundred thirty-nine one hundred forty one hundred forty-one one hundred forty-two one hundred forty-three one hundred forty-four one hundred forty-five one hundred forty-six one hundred forty-seven one hundred forty-eight one hundred forty-nine one hundred fifty
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

After all, this is only the hundred and fiftieth day.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

We are living a national nightmare. This is much worse than Watergate, yet there is neither an opposition party nor the press to even attempt to wake up the American people.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Haven’t you heard, Barry is black?

Don Lemon: ‘As a Journalist You Weigh How Much to Criticize Obama Because He’s Black’

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2014 at 11:57 PM

They seem to lie about everything in spite of the fact that their champion is the king of liars:

36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpa-5JdCnmo

Chessplayer on February 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

The most egregious problem with ObamaCare is that Obama and the royal family are not covered by ObamaCare. Neither is the evil troll, Harry Reid, nor an of the big shot politicians in DC hat have crammed it down America’s gullet.

What’s good for the gooses apparently ain’t good enuf for the really fat cats.

dockywocky on February 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

This demonstrates the lie that the “Affordable” Care Act would reduce cost when in fact in increases cost at every turn.

taznar on February 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Is it ironic that a person named “Lawless” is suffering under President Waiver? Apparently he didn’t like his plan, so he isn’t keeping his plan…

SLMeyer on February 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I gotta give the President and his administration credit. While he has failed totally in every other part of his administration’s operations, he certainly has had the most transparent lies of any President in history…and they are becoming more and more transpatent by the day!

TKPedersen42 on February 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

What I can’t figure out is how the Koch Bros somehow made Dog Eater break federal law and issue all his delays and waivers, those dudes are evil.

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

The same way President G. W. Bush MADE the Democrats pass only the bill he wanted the last 2 years of his administration, even though THEY controlled both houses of Congress. Must be so, otherwise how could the economy be all Bush’s fault in 2009?

LouisianaLightning on February 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I can see the political ad that should run country wide:

First repeat the Harry Reid quote. Make sure to note he is a Democrat and leader of the Democrats in the Senate.

Then have people Harry Reid has called “liars” repeat their problems and ask why the leader of the Senate thinks it is a good idea to call them a liar.

Point out that a vote for a Democrat for Senate is a vote for Harry Reid, a man who does not belong in government, in the Senate, or even in Nevada.

RickCaird on February 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM