Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Obamacare Draft Health Insurance Application Form: 15 Pages Long

Here's a March 12, 2013 AP news story about a draft of the health insurance application form for those seeking Obamacare subsidized help:

Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
The government's draft application is now on the Internet.
It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions.
At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.
Keep in mind that most of the people who did not have health insurance, and for whom Obamacare was supposed to be a help, were not highly paid professionals.  I would presume that many were high school graduates (if that) doing blue collar jobs.  How many are going to be overwhelmed by this monstrosity?  What are the chances that the government will start funding "health insurance assistance corporations" that will hire college graduates to help ordinary people figure out how to fill out the applications?

I am reminded of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman's astute observation that when you asked college educated, middle class people to design a welfare system, they come up with something that puts college educated, middle class people to work administering it.

Nothing has changed.

1 comment:

  1. Better yet, show it to the people who howled about domestic spying when you'll be required to turn over information to three major government agencies just to get health insurance.