The United States Chamber of Commerce tweeted:
— U.S. Chamber (@uschamber) March 12, 2013
And here’s the story:
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
The government’s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions.
Seven months before the Oct. 1 start of enrollment season for millions of uninsured Americans, the idea that getting health insurance could be as easy as shopping online at Amazon or Travelocity is starting to look like wishful thinking.
At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application. Checking your identity, income and citizenship is supposed to happen in real time, if you apply online.
That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help. The government asks to see what you’re making because Obama’s Affordable Care Act is means-tested, with lower-income people getting the most generous help to pay premiums.
Much more at the link.
I will be very blunt here: this is nothing but another welfare program, another program to take tax dollars from people who earn them to give to people who do not. And if the process becomes so complicated and cumbersome that a lot of people who would be eligible for this particular welfare program don’t get it because they quit during the application process out of frustration, that is a good thing.