Obama touts ObamaCare success story … prematurely

Obama went on television in October and read a letter from a woman in Washington state expressing thanks for ObamaCare, because her state exchange had informed her she could get health insurance for herself and her son for only $169 a month after subsidies.

Jessica Sanford

That was one of those infamous computer glitches. Jessica Sanford was informed recently that she doesn’t qualify for any subsidies. She said she hasn’t had health insurance in 15 years and that will continue to be the case, according to Washington State Wire. The story she will have to pay a “tax” of $95, but the first year “tax” is 1 percent of income or $500. It goes up each year.

The error was caught four days after Obama read her letter. The state exchange was submitting monthly income to the federal hub, which was reading it as annual income. The mistake was made on 4,600 policies.

In another computer foul-up, Sanford was informed by the computer that her income was low enough to qualify her son for a child’s Medicaid program, for which she would have to pay $30 a month. She enrolled him, but that made her ineligible for a tax credit. The website made it seem like the opposite was true.

Then she got a letter from the state saying that her income — a little less than $50,000 a year — was too high for subsidies anyway. The cutoff was $44,680.

Despite the runaround, Sanford doesn’t blame Obama or ObamaCare. She told the wire service:

“I don’t want this to be a political thing. I don’t want to be bashing the president. I don’t want to be bashing the ACA. I don’t want to come across as saying that. I am a big Obama fan.

“But to me there is a big problem with the way the state is handling it. It is like a big machine – you put your stuff in there and once you do it, it is impossible to do anything. You can’t get through to them [on the phone], the website is really limited. So you are stuck on this big treadmill of bureaucracy, and you know, it feels very out of control.”

Now, what is it we keep saying about central planners?

5 comments on “Obama touts ObamaCare success story … prematurely

  1. I live in the People’s Republik of Washington, and spoke just last night with one of the local ‘navigator’ folks. It seems that for the first 23 days, the state healthcare site was giving false enrollment information. 23 days and no one noticed!!!

  2. Because it is too complicated for mere humans to fathom.

  3. Milty says:

    “I don’t want this to be a political thing. I don’t want to be bashing the president. I don’t want to be bashing the ACA. I don’t want to come across as saying that. I am a big Obama fan.”

    In other words, it’s the Republicans’ fault.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/11/20/obama_republicans_making_it_difficult_to_fix_obamacare_glitches.html

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Most of us that post on this or other sites are guilty of it but it’s never a good idea to bring attention to yourself where government is concerned.

  5. Steve says:

    The big Obama fan cant see the emperor for his clothes continue to get in the way.

    Their idealism constantly gets in the way of their pragmatism. In fact without conservatives the very idea of pragmatism would not exist. Then where would these liberal be in their idealistic world that no longer had places like Ulta Beauty, Express, Lids and malls in general?

    So I am in the land of the libby love and peace. Los Angeles this week. Staying in a nice hotel with a 5gpf toilet and free mixed drinks every night. I like Emabassy Suites. The very symbol of waste and decadence libs love to hate and love to be at as much as they can.

    Driving through Steve Sebelius home town of Orange County past Chapman University during lunch what do I see? Among the students and professors I spy a nice looking college girl in a form fitting white shirt with large black lettering. As she got closer I noticed her facial expression was one less than friendly. the thing that got me was what the shirt said…”Fuck The Draft!”

    Before realizing I would be opening a can o’worms better left alone I almost asked her “What Draft?”

    Is there a draft in the country I don’t know about?

    Moreover, I think I found another girl with the same type of thought process as Ms. Sanford. Blindly protesting things that are not real….fixing things that were not broken,,, things that need to be continually monitored and adjusted? Yes…broken? No.
    Show me the “draft” and I will show you Obamacare.

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