My Obamacare Update

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The deadline is over and we never could sign up for Obamacare.  After logging probably 40 plus hours over the past three months trying, it did not work out.  We spoke to representative after representative.  They lost our information multiple times.  A month ago, the bronze plan was estimated to be $600 a month with a very high deductible. This was from multiple insurance companies on the site and for people who could NOT get subsidized.  When we finally got on a month later these same plans were now at over a $1000 a month.  As we got closer to the deadline, and finally choosing a plan to take, many of those insurers dropped out of the exchange (Anthem is one).  No one knows why,. Finally, after deciding on a plan, the system went down for us again and we had no luck signing up.  Luckily, we had a parallel plan of signing up for health insurance outside the exchange.  It is still over $1000 a month but at least it is something.

President Obama, this was a mess.  I am not debating whether Obamacare should be a law or not be a law.   What I am criticizing is the fact that YOU screwed up in getting this behemoth working.  The biggest fear people have is that the government does nothing cheap, does nothing efficient and is a service nightmare.  You have done nothing to disprove that.

And please, President Obama, admit that you lied when you said, “If you like your insurance you can keep it”.  There is a reason this was voted the lie of the year.  You lied and you should be ashamed of yourself.  Of course you and your team knew that insurers and doctors would change but you had to say whatever it took to get the bill passed.  And it worked.   But you still lied.

I am embarrassed by this mess and did nothing to cause it.  How sad for this country.

 

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  7 comments for “My Obamacare Update

  1. Elizabeth
    December 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I’m in New York & tried to sign up at nystateofhealth.ny.gov … which does not recognize me as an actual human being even though I own property here, am a registered voter, served on a jury, and have complained to the New York Dept. of Labor about a thieving former employer who still owes me money. When the roads are passable again, I will go to the post office & mail a certified letter to the Executive Director of NY State of Health (our version of Obamacare) demanding they do whatever is necessary to their website so I can sign up.

  2. Ricky
    December 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    You have to make the patient want to change =$$$$$. A local company started a policy that if you smoked(verified by drug screens) you had to pay $50 more a month for health coverage. I had people coming into my clinic by the hundreds wanting the no smoking medicine and the majority quit. As doug has said before PEOPLE MUST HAVE SOME SKIN IN THE GAME or they dont care

  3. Jerry
    December 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Maybe Obama did lie. Or maybe he was told by those putting Obamacare together that people would be able to keep their docs. Whatever. Why are we surprised when a politician lies to us ? At least his lies (unlike his predecessor’s lies) didn’t result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and $3 trillion in wasteful spending.

    • Doug Farrago
      December 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      At least his lies (unlike his predecessor’s lies) didn’t result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and $3 trillion in wasteful spending……yet

    • Pat
      December 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Jerry, half-heartedly defending Obama by pointing out the bad work of his predecessor is as ineffective as it is tendentious. Why not decry the lies and failure surrounding Medicare Part D as a (relevant) precedent? Or are you worried that ObamaCare is truly a failure? It won’t be a “whatever” to the millions who now will pay higher premiums/deductibles, or lose coverage altogether because of this statist power grab. How exactly is that less of an offense?

  4. kurt
    December 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    What I like about this as with all the “unhealthy” people signing up to take money from the “healthy”, there is no provision for any kind of goals or patient responsibility. ie. the slothy diabetic can still eat shit and continue their crappy habits only this time “they’re covered”. The majority of the primary care patients continue to not take care of themselves and whine about it in the process. I rejoice when the rare individual changes their habit on my admonition and does well. Nothing is going to change until it is financially advantageous for a patient to practice a modicum of good habits.

  5. Dave Mittman
    December 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    This LELT (the name for my profession on this site) agrees with Doug.
    Dave

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