Jasper and the Obamacare Website Rollout

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

If you enjoy this cartoon, take a look at these links for more of my political cartoons at my blog. You could also join my Jasper the Cat facebook page. If you’d like to email me, you can write a comment at alopezcartoons@yahoo.com

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A Cartoon on Government Surveillance

Jasper and Homeless Bob

Two Cartoons on the Economy
Two Cartoons on the Church
Jasper and the Church
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Conversations During The Holidays
Jasper and the Cop
The Parents Visit the Occupation
Cartoons About Occupy Wall Street
Jasper and the Moderate Republican
Obama and the Republicans
Jasper And the Homeless Veteran
Jasper Celebrates the 4th of July
Jasper Meets Howard Zinn
Jasper and the Nature Poem
The Reunion
Government and the Market Economy
Jasper Joins Two Protests
Bob the Nerd Vampire
Jasper Debates War
Jasper Finds His Way Home
Jasper Escapes the Detention Center
Jasper At A Detention Center
Jasper Meets a Poet
Jasper’s Day
Jasper Tackles Health Care
Jasper Protests the War
Jasper and the Economy
Jasper Sings a Protest Song
The Road To Health Care Reform Cartoon
A Cartoon about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A Cartoon about My Experience in an Evangelical Church
A Cartoon about Political Debate
A Cartoon On Gay Marriage

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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