The more I read articles like this, the more I wonder what happened to the country I grew up in.
WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them.
Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups.
"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.
Adults with pre-existing conditions are frustrated to learn that insurers won't have to cover them until 2014 (though those under 18 will be protected in late September); then they become both hopeful and confused upon learning that a federal high-risk pool for them will be established in the next few months. "Health insurance is so confusing. You add this on top of it and it makes it even more confusing," McLean said.
The rest of the article leaves me with a glimmer of hope: The one constant refrain that pretty much everyone—including the hardcore ObamaCare supporters quoted by McClatchy—is "confused" and "confounded" by the policies that the healthcare bill put into place.
If we're lucky, that confusion will translate into a deep distrust of everything our Government does from here on out, and we will actually stand a chance of rolling back some of the dead weight we've built for ourselves over the past 40 years.
And if not, then it will truly be interesting to see what the needizens of this country will do when the Government itself goes bankrupt and can no longer satisfy their every desire.