This was Brave (No Seriously)
Google Plus hosted President Obama, Friday, as he answered questions asked directly from Americans regarding ACA (Obamacare). That is seriously brave!
“I cannot keep my plan, which I like,” Kentuckian Rebecca Stewart told Obama. “I’ve spent weeks, with days on the phone, getting confidently delivered wrong answers, conflicting information, and it’s becoming quite obvious to me that a lot of agencies, almost everyone I’ve talked to, is having a lot of trouble figuring out the new rules.”
Someone from the White House is supposed to get back to Ms. Stewart regarding the run-around she’s gotten from her insurance carrier. Another suggested his hours got cut to part-time in order for his employer to save on paying his healthcare (an employee working over 30 hours a week is to be covered under ACA).
While I appreciate the President’s steps toward accountability, I’m not sure this was the best use of time. The complaints were very specific and not to fault of the President, he was not able to respond. I’ve maintained the ACA only addresses part of the healthcare problem, there has to be transparency from private health insurance companies as well. Patients spending six hours on the phone to find out if they’re covered only to get incorrect information does not help matters.
As consumers we must demand transparency in healthcare regardless of insurance.