Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's A Good Thing They Told Us This Was A Success Story

... because otherwise, I'd have thought it was a monstrous fail.
My name is Dora and I met with Lisa Lemieux at DFD Russell Medical Center on January 2 to apply for health coverage for myself and husband. There were lots of issues. We had to meet 10 times because of all the computer glitches and issues with identity verification, but FINALLY we got it! I am so happy we tried a lot of times because I got to see Lisa each time and she has a lot of patience. I don't have a lot of patience. I think we should get a trophy for the most attempts of applying :)
That's Dora in Maine telling you how wonderful it is to have navigated the Maze of 404 Errors and fought the Gorgon of Verification to finally get on ObamaCare.

Dora, presumably, is not a computer security expert and therefore does run from the room screaming as she realizes that any website that can't handle simple input might not be secured on the back end and that her personal data was probably routed to half a dozen identity theft groups as fast as she could type it.

I found that link from a WSJ editorial which pointed out the ad below.

Message: We had to use a picture of a naked man to get your attention. We think you couldn't be any dumber if you had rocks in your head.

1 comment:

Renee said...

When Massachusetts created its own system back in 2006/7, we didn't need celebrities or a massive enrollment campaign. The law was get insured or be taxed with a penalty.

The problem in Massachusetts was that many individuals choose not to sign up for their employers insurance, so we had full-time working employees choosing not to sign up for their employer's sponsored insurance. If the choose not to take their employer's insurance, well pay the penalty because it wasn't fair to others when you walk into the ER without it.

But for cases in which "self-employed" individuals or maybe a slightly younger spouse in her early 60s lost insurance as her husband retired the option to purchase private insurance through the state pool worked out for them.

But this was before the economic crash. Almost anyone could get a full-time job with benefits here.

How much money spent on advertising could of actually gone to health care?