I did this cartoon for the November 20, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today. It’s not one of my best cartoons, but I was trying to show some of my frustration at how the Healthcare.gov website rollout has occurred. I support Obamacare, but the news of the past few weeks have been very frustrating to read. For the Affordable Care Act to succeed, enough insurers have to be in the state exchanges to create competition to lower prices, and enough young people have to sign up for insurance so insurance companies can spread the cost of enrolling people with preexisting conditions.
Obamacare has a good chance of success in the 14 states that created their own health exchange website and have enough insurers in their state exchanges to create competition to lower insurance costs. Obamacare has less a chance of succeeding in the 36 states that decided not to create their own websites and instead rely on the federal government’s healthcare website, and in states that have only have two insurers in their state exchanges for consumers to choose from. I got the idea for this cartoon from remembering what friends who supported a single-payer system said 3 years ago about how a single payer system is a lot less complicated than the Obamacare system that was then taking shape.
I do want the Affordable Healthcare Act to succeed though, for the sake of the millions of people who do not have health care insurance and need it. Patrick Caldwell did a very good article for Mother Jones magazine titled How to Shop for Insurance Without Using the Obamacare Site for uninsured Americans who are trying to enroll but have been frustrated by the problems of the federal website. You can go to this link where you enter your city and state or zip code to find personal help from a health care navigator who will help you find the right insurance for you.
Another website that is available is Healthsherpa.com, which will show you every health care coverage in your area.
The Kaiser Family Foundation created a Subsidy Calculator to estimate a person’s eligibility for subsidies based on different income levels, ages, and family sizes.
Fourteen states created their own websites, so that residents of those states can go to those websites to enroll for health care insurance. If you live in California, Colorado, Conneticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachussetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Washington, just click on the state to get to the state health exchange website.
If you recently lost your insurance because it does not have all the coverage that the new Affordable Care Act now requires, Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic wrote a good article titled I Just Lost My Insurance Because of Obamacare. What Do I Do? A step-by-step guide to replacing your health insurance.
If you want to know more information about the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans that are being offered, you can go to this link.
Here are some articles about the recent Obamacare rollout:
Healthcare Plan Enrollment Surges In Some States After Rocky Rollout by Noam N. Levey for the Los Angeles Times
How to Shop for Insurance Without Using the Obamacare Site by Patrick Caldwell for Mother Jones
If You Believe in Government, You Should Be Furious About Obamacare’s Incompetent Rollout by John Judis for the New Republic
I Just Lost My Insurance Because of Obamacare. What Do I Do? A step-by-step guide to replacing your health insurance by Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic
Now Healthcare.Gov’s Backup Plans are Looking Shaky, Too by Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic
The Politics of Obamacare Worsen for a Contrite President by David Horsey for the Los Angeles Times
Health care signups: California outpaces U.S. by Victoria Colliver for the San Francisco Chronicle
The Truth About the Obamacare Rollout The feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better by Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic
This Is Why We Need Obamacare by Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times
Two youtube videos by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation explaining the Affordable Care Act
Three twenty-year-olds spent their weekends and evenings creating TheHealthSherpa.com to allow users to see insurance prices up front and presents information in a simpler way
Five Ways to Enroll in Obamacare
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