Obamacare in NH, Day 1: On the bumpy side

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Obamacare in NH, Day 1: On the bumpy side

Post  fshnski on Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:51 pm

"We are here today to send an important message to uninsured Granite Staters. Get ready to get covered," said Jennifer Frizzell, senior policy advisor with Planned Parenthood of New England, at a news conference in Manchester hosted by a coalition of health-care organizations that will use a $5.2 million federal grant over the next 10 months to increase awareness and provide enrollment assistance.

If the first day is any indication, some assistance will be necessary.

Lisa Kaplan Howe, policy director for New Hampshire Voices for Health, tested the marketplace for a first-hand experience.

"I've had a hard time registering on the website (healthcare.gov) because of the large demand and interest," she said. "We've also heard that the wait time at the call center (800-318-2596) is 30 minutes."

To Kaplan Howe, whose organization supports Obamacare, that's a good sign.

"From the messages I've seen, they are experiencing extremely high traffic, which can be frustrating for consumers, but it's a great sign that there is significant interest," she said. "We are telling people they've got time. It's great that people want to shop immediately, but don't get overly concerned if you don't get through today."

Greg Moore, state director for Americans For Prosperity (AFP-NH), sees things differently.

"Obamacare's failure to launch was as predictable as it was thorough," he said. "This hurried, incompetent job of trying to implement a badly flawed law clearly demonstrates why the federal government should not be in charge of our health-care decisions."

AFP-NH, which has opposed the ACA, spent the morning attempting to access the new government website with no luck, Moore said. "If the federal government can't set up a website to take information and give reliable answers, how can citizens have the confidence to trust them with their health care?" he said.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20131002/NEWS12/131009877

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Post  News Hawk on Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:38 am

fshnski wrote:"...Greg Moore, state director for Americans For Prosperity (AFP-NH), sees things differently.

"Obamacare's failure to launch was as predictable as it was thorough," he said. "This hurried, incompetent job of trying to implement a badly flawed law clearly demonstrates why the federal government should not be in charge of our health-care decisions."

AFP-NH, which has opposed the ACA, spent the morning attempting to access the new government website with no luck, Moore said. "If the federal government can't set up a website to take information and give reliable answers, how can citizens have the confidence to trust them with their health care?" he said.
Anyone in government service—including the military—can attest to that!

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Post  WHL on Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:56 pm

That's for sure.
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Post  News Hawk on Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:09 pm

"...Some Democrats have begun suggesting extending the enrollment timetable so consumers have more time to sign up and don’t get fined for not getting a product unavailable on a glitchy website.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said Tuesday that the open enrollment should be extended past March 31..."
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/democrats-frustrated-obamacare-rollout-98731.html#ixzz2igS7SYZh
No kidding...

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Post  fshnski on Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:38 pm

Absolutely!

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Post  fshnski on Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:38 pm

Positively!

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NH Dems back health-plan extension

Post  fshnski on Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:48 pm

The House approved a plan Friday permitting health insurance companies to continue selling policies that do not comply with the health-care law, a proposal that would allow more Americans to keep their current health plans while significantly weakening part of the Affordable Care Act.


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