As promised a week ago I attempted, once again, to navigate the Healthcare.org website today in hopes of finding the "Holy Grail" - information, alternatives and pricing on the available healthcare programs offered by the PPACA.
Always the eternal optimist I figured "8th time is a charm."
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be an optimist.
On the news they have been following the enrollment figures like the stats of a game 7 World Series.
CNN reports 26, 974 successful applicants.
The Huffington Post reports these 26,794 people are those who have selected a health plan via the federally run insurance exchanges.
An HSS (Department of Health & Human Services) report states more than 79,000 have used the exchanges in the 15 states and the District of Columbia that are operating their own marketplaces.
Nobody has any idea if any of these supposed 100,000 people tallied by the administration have taken the final necessary step and actually made the first payment for their coverage.
The HSS report shows that an additional 975,407 people have completed their applications to determine whether they can receive subsidies and now have only to choose a health plan.
This report also states that more than 396,000 people using the exchanges have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan.
From my perspective, the bottom line is that nobody can confirm if there is a U.S. citizen (Just one is needed) that has effectively navigated the system and even obtained the cost structure of the programs that are available.
Like I said earlier, I plunged head first into the Healthcare.gov website this morning with the hopes of being a "celebrity" who could raise his head proudly, beat his chest and tell the news world that the program is a success.
Unfortunately, but as I expected (is there a hint of sarcasm in my words today?) I attacked the website only to be tricked into thinking that I could make some progress.
After logging in (Yes, it remembered my username and password from my last attempt) I was greeted with a very amusing question: "What would I like to do?"
Unfortunately, the only option was to review my existing application.
Other, less savory, ideas popped into my mind but since this was why I was here I figured we would give it a try.
After "clicking" into my application and completing a few more questions I met with a screen that shone like a beacon of gold.
It asks "Do you want to find out if you can get help paying for health coverage?"
Is this a trick?
Is this some subversive game the government devised to drive the general population insane so they wouldn't feel so bad about how mismanaged our country has been for the past 5 years?
Well, I'm always one to take a chance............
Hell Yes !!!
Absolutely, positively I would love some help paying for my coverage.
Then some "irony" begins to show itself in this website.
It states on the next screen that "If you want health insurance" then "We need your social security number."
Hey, that makes sense to me since I am a native born citizen.
That must mean if you are in this country illegally and do not have a legitimate social security number then you will not be eligible for this healthcare program? Right?
Let's wait and see because the system (as well as Mr. B on the telephone if you remember that conversation a dew weeks back) has asked me several times already whether or not I am Hispanic.
"You don't have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national to qualify for health coverage"
First of all, then why ask me if I am a U.S. citizen or U.S. national then if I don't have to be either to get this coverage?
Second of all, why don't you have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national to get this coverage?
And third, what the hell is the difference between a U.S. citizen and a U.S. national anyway?
Sorry to get off track here but this question really has me concerned.
According to United states tax codes 8 U.S.C. §1101: Definitions TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUB CHAPTER I > Sec. 1101.
Sec. 1101. - Definitions
(a) (22) The term ''national of the United States'' means
(A) a citizen of the United States, or
(B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent [but not necessarily exclusive] allegiance to the United States.
Let's see if I have this right.
A U.S. national is an alien who, although not a U.S. citizen, owes his or her allegiance to the United States but "not necessarily exclusive allegiance."
So this is what we hear now: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.......or not so much!"
What's that noise?
It's only our founding fathers rolling over in their graves.
How is this going to get me help paying for my coverage?
That's what I'm interested in baby!!!
I click (proudly I might add) that I am a U.S.citizen and wait...what.....what is this?
You want to know what race/ethnicity I am?
What difference does it make?
If you look at the screenshot you see the government's answer :
"This information will be used to help the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services better understand and improve the health of and the healthcare for all Americans."
Are you serious?
Does this piss anyone else off like it is pissing me off?
What freaking difference does it make whether or not I am Hispanic, Latino or of Spanish origin?
How is my ethnicity going to help the government better understand and improve the health of and the healthcare for all Americans?
And by "Americans" do you mean "North Americans", "South Americans", "Central Americans", "Canadian Americans", "Mexican Americans" or citizens of American Samoa?
Has it become just as clear to you that this program is no longer about helping and supporting the natural born citizens of the United States?
And then let's rub some salt into our wounds and ask "If you are not of Hispanic, Latino or of Spanish origin" then what is your race?
I pride myself on being an extremely non-prejudicial human being but this type of questioning is just technically wrong.
Is it just me or do you agree that for all intents and purposes we have a pretty clear case of "Racial Profiling" happening here.
Next thing you know it will have you "Click 1 for "English."
Oh wait, it already does?
How is this all going to get me help paying for my coverage?
That's what I'm interested in baby!!!
I click (proudly I might add again) that I am "White" and wait...what.....what is this?
I'm almost finished?
My application is completed and received?
I look at the top tool bar and notice that I am no longer "logged in."
Don't tell me this is happening.
After 8 attempts this is no longer funny.
I log back in and check my application status.
You got it..............."Application Incomplete."
In the spirit of my original commitment to you my loyal Survive55 followers, I fill out my application one more time, answer the same stupid and racially inappropriate questions one more time, futilely press "save and continue" one more time and...............................
Isn't that what it says at our country's borders?
Thanks for joining me........................................................................