Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear of the number 13, generally, and especially when designating a particular Friday of a month.
But there is nothing irrational in fearing the federal government, and especially the Obama Administration, when on a mission to “help” you, and especially those putting their personal information on HealthCare.gov as well as state Obamacare exchanges, including our Friday, December 13, 2013 report concerning the hacker’s and identity thieves’ paradise that is the federal government’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s website:
The website’s data protections are so lax that administration officials worry about “high exposures” of personal information. Everything from medical histories to payment details could be leaked into the public domain…That doesn’t seem to faze the President, who is sticking by his December 23 deadline for individual enrollment – knowing full well that Americans will have to compromise their personal safety to comply.
[Then came] news from a supposedly safer state exchange, that for the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.
Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative…The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday. Why does Washington State have a Obamacare exchange website where you can’t access their plans, but they can access your bank account just fine?
Today, four Friday the 13ths later, the fear of cats, including black ones is known as gatophobia and ailurophobia. The fear of that cat in the White House, especially given the recent reports of Obamacare premium increases scheduled for 2016, is now known as…Sanity.
Americans were told before the passage of the ACA that they would be allowed to keep their then-current healthcare plans and doctors if they wished. Premiums would decrease. Medical costs would decrease.
Instead, millions have had their preferred plans taken off the market and replaced by plans with higher premiums, higher deductibles and which do not cover visits to their previous doctors.
Deductibles are so high for lower income workers that they still only get care at hospital ERs. Many on Medicaid can’t find doctors who accept Medicaid and thus are once again only getting treated at ERs. Hospitals are closing and merging. Concierge and cash-only doctors’ plans outside Obamacare are emerging for middle class and upper income earners.
Market Watch reports that insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified and potential users are still being warned not to go to Healthcare.gov.
It is sane to fear the cat in the White House when he meows.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson