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People begin to ask, “where is my free healthcare?”

April 8, 2010

  It is hard to believe with all of the scrutiny that surrounded the healthcare reform debate that there are many people who do not know that there is no free healthcare offered in this bill and that the “benefits” of this bill do not go into effect until after 2012, but according to this article there may be more people who do not know these two aspects than I want to believe.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups.

“They’re saying, ‘Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?’ ” said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage.

  The call center has been inundated with people who are looking for free healthcare now that the healthcare reform bill is law. The reason they do not know there will be no free healthcare insurance coming their way now or ever:

That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation

  They have been hearing the president say over and over again that this bill has extended coverage to 30 million Americans that do not have healthcare insurance and now they are looking for what they believe is free healthcare coverage for everybody.

We tell them it’s not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014

  The call centers have to tell them that there is no such thing as free healthcare. Sure, there will be subsidies for some of the poorer Americans to help them purchase healthcare insurance, but the notion that the adminstration has extended healthcare benefits to the uninsured is a bending of the truth. The administration hasn’t  insured 30 million Americans by providing them with healthcare, they have demanded that the American people who cannot afford healthcare insurance in the first place  must go out and buy it anyway. This is not reform, and this is not providing– this is mandating.

  The government provided hope to those people who are suffering from a pre-existing condition by telling them that the bill would stop insurance companies from denying coverage to them; many of these people thought that they would be able to immediately get the coverage they were promised only to find out now that this part of the bill doesn’t go into effect until 2014. How many of these people will die before this clause goes into effect that thought they were going to get immediate coverage? What must these people be thinking now that they have finally learned the truth?

  We have been told that there is a healthcare crisis in this country and yet provisions that one would think are the most important, such as covering people with pre-existing conditions, do not go into effect for a few years. If there was truly a crisis, why the delay?

  There appears to be many people that bought into the hype and didn’t actually pay attention to what was going on in the healthcare debate and now they are surprised and disappointed to learn the truth. This scenario sounds allot like the 2008 presidential election, doesn’t it? These people must feel duped, but they have nobody to blame but themselves, it is time for them to start paying attention and maybe this will be the issue that wakes them up.

  There still seems to be many people that are not paying close enough attention to what is going on in the government, and this is concerning to me. It makes me wonder if there are too many people who are not paying attention– and who really think that the government is going to give out free money– to correct the error that was made in the 2008 election. And with the news that 47% of Americans didn’t pay taxes in 2009, the people who work for a living may face an uphill battle in taking back our country.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 4:51 am

    Attention dependency-addicted idiots: You’ll get nothing, and like it- lol

    This supports the John Ziegler video where he interviews all these morons who voted for Obama- shows you way an Obama gets elected, these fools are putty in his hands


    • April 9, 2010 6:08 am

      You gotta love a good Caddyshack quote!
      I have seen that video before– I think I even posted it here– it is scary to see some of the people who voted for him.


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:31 am

    I think you have hit a major point of discussion, Steve. There is entirely too many people in this country who haven’t a clue what is going on in our government. They hear the rhetoric, but not the facts and it happens on both sides of the political spectrum. It’s even more scary when you consider how so many people want something for nothing. Those who have something because they have worked for it are in a minority and to be honest, you can blame them, us, you, and I for feeling a bit threatened.


    • April 9, 2010 9:29 pm

      Very true Larry, there are too many people in this country who bllindly vote for a candidate just because of the party and not because of the issue. Hopefully that is changing now.
      The scary part– as you said– is how many people are getting something for nothing. We who work hard to provide for our families are often call selfish for not wanting to pay higher taxes to help out those who are less fortunate. That is not the case at all, we are simply trying our best to give our children everything we can and every opportunity in life. Isn’t that the one of the most important goals of a parent? We do not need the government taking money that we could use to help our families from us, many of us give willingly to charities all of the time in order to help the less fortunate, we don’t need the government doing this for us. But with more and more people actually getting something for nothing, it is going to make it harder for those who work hard to actually provide for their families.


  3. Deb permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:56 pm

    I’ll give out the free healthcare: Rub some dirt on it!!!!! walk it off. There you go, free of charge. I’m thinking of Bugs Bunny with his picture signs— screw-ball and gull-a-bull.


  4. offeringmyownconfusion permalink
    April 12, 2010 5:09 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. People today have such a sense of entitlement that they expect things (if not everything) for nothing, but don’t seem to actually pay attention is what is going on in this country. I will never forget the day Obama was elected to President and they interviewed a local woman who said that Obama was going to pay her mortgage… Great. Sometimes I wonder why I work so hard, with a family, going to school, paying my mortgage, owning my own cars, working… I could just wait for someone to do it all for me, that’s the new American way, right?


    • April 12, 2010 9:17 pm

      I remember that interview as well. She also said she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car because if she took care of Obama, he would take care of her. That is the problem, too many people think that the government is supposed to take care of them. The new American way? I hope not, but I fear it is.


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