Brown: Health insurance deadline nears

Monday is last day to sign up for ‘Obamacare’ coverage
Tom Jackson
Mar 28, 2014
Thousands of Ohioans are still in the red zone.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, wants to get them into the end zone.

Pardon the football analogy, but it’s useful because Brown brought aboard a famous football star to remind Ohioans Monday is the last day to buy health insurance from an online health care exchange, via the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”

Eddie George, 40, who won the Heisman Trophy as a running back at Ohio State, briefly participated in a telephone conference Brown held for reporters.

George said he encourages everyone who hasn’t signed up for health care to do so now.

“Health and wellness is something that’s very dear to me on a lot of levels” he said. “I really encourage people to take advantage of it”

Enrollment in the plan is being done online at healthcare.gov.

Ohioans who need help can find it at localhelp. healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.

Brown said 160,000 Ohioans have obtained health care coverage since December as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but he said plenty of other Ohioans still qualify but haven’t signed up. Many of the people who can sign up also are eligible for federal subsidies.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday the deadline for signing up for health insurance will be extended past March 31 for people who have tried to sign up but failed because of problems with the website. It’s only the latest of a series of waivers announced by the White House that have changed deadlines written into the Affordable Care Act.

Brown, asked how he feels about the waivers, replied, “I have a mixed opinion of all that, but it doesn’t really matter”

Brown said he’s unconcerned that a Republican president might be elected in 2016 and issue waivers that are hostile to the Affordable Care Act.

“No Republican president is going to take away benefits from by then tens of millions of Americans,” Brown said. In three or four years, he predicted, “It’s going to be widely accepted”

Comments

JMOP

Monday deadline....sure it is.

Stop It

Brown is fulla s&!t. It is already fail. People are laughing at it.

The Big Dog's back

Only in right wingnut world.

SamAdams

I'd be laughing a lot harder if it was actually decent coverage. That it's not affordable, either, just makes it even worse!

The bulk of sign-ups, as of the last information release, were for those who qualified for the expanded Medicaid coverage. In other words, the people who actually have to pay real money AREN'T signing up for the most part. That says two important things: First, it says those whose premiums will support the healthcare for everybody who DOESN'T pay don't exist, which means the taxpayer is on the hook yet again. And second, it suggests the coverage is just as bad and just as overpriced as it really is.

It is, indeed, already fail no matter WHAT 1984 terminology Big Dog or Barack Obama would like to use to pretend it's otherwise.

The Big Dog's back

Babycakes, do you have insurance?

SamAdams

I can't speak for Babycakes, but no, I don't. And do you know why I don't? Because I don't qualify for Medicaid, and because the monthly premiums for the cheapest thing I can find under Obamacare would bankrupt me (and that's for a plan with a $6,500 deductible and only 50% coverage after that). But hey, I'd get free birth control, right?

The Big Dog's back

I call B S.

SamAdams

Nope. Completely true. But then since facts are inconvenient for progressives, I'm not surprised you find it unbelievable.

The Bizness

wouldn't qualify for subsidies to pay for that?

SamAdams

You have to have at least a silver plan in order to qualify for any subsidies. Bronze plans aren't eligible. And even WITH a subsidy (whether or not I'd qualify is iffy), the silver plans are more expensive than the bronze.

The Bizness

Interesting

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The Hero Zone

"Vulnerable" Democrats are scrambling to create more plans such as the "copper plan".

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-a...

Ah yes, Congress knows more about how to create, service, and market health plans than the insurers I'm sure. Nope, no pet projects or ways to sneak in services that will be mandated that just so happen to have a certain Congressperson's investments. No way that your health plans will be subjected to endless tweaking at the hands of people who are hardly qualified in a professional sense to do so.

These plans are appropriately named. They treat us like commodities to buy, sell, or be used as a part of their plans.

KnuckleDragger

It's OK Big Dog said he was gonna stop itemizing deductions on his next tax return in order to help pay for these poor souls who just need a little help. LMAO.

Erie County Resident

Brown is right. He and the liberal Obama nation want to give it to all American taxpayers in the "End Zone".
I agree Sam, piddle puppy has no clue on reality.

Just for giggles I went to this "cough" ACA site and looked up a decent policy for the wife & I. Yeah buddy that's real affordable, $1573. a month affordable.

So Brown & piddles, when does the affordable part kick in???

P.S. Nice personal slam piddles, with your "Babycakes" crack.

SamAdams

$1,573? That's more than many people's mortgages! And paid in ADDITION to a mortgage would break even more of them. Nice.

Oh, and don't worry about the "Babycakes" crack. Big Dog thinks smart women are hot and that's just his ham-handed way of flirting with me. :-)

The Big Dog's back

sam, shhhhhhh.

KnuckleDragger

The Babycakes crack shows how little respect piddle puppy has for women.

Darwin's choice

He licks under his tail to get the taste of obama out of his mouth...respect? He, like obama, can't even spell it!

There you go again

Well, because you clicked on the ACA website Obama will count you as signing up for healthcare.... You are now part of those $5 million (ha-ha-ha) that have signed up for Obamacare!!!

Donegan

As a Ohio resident The deadline is a moot point, we do not have to sign up regardless of what Coaster, Dog and their god say. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rick...
Have fun!

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The Hero Zone

Even if you don't sign up, the White House effectively took any teeth out of the penalty/tax/fee that you have to pay for not being signed up. Just throw them an excuse like "uh, yeah, I tried to on the site and it was broken or something". While I'm not a fan of the ACA even I can see where that move gutted this law and made all the time, expense, "political capital", etc. a complete waste of everybody's time and resources.

Peninsula Pundit

So would I be correct in assuming that everyone complaining about the costs have no jobs?
Because if you had decent jobs that had benefits, you wouldn't have to go to the ACA website in the 1st place.
And if you have insurance, and by the reasoning I often see here posted that 'the employer is always right', then you should have no complaint.
So if you have insurance and no complaints........

ladydye_5

There are people who have jobs that LOST insurance.

Erie County Resident

Hey PP .. News Flash.
Millions of people LOST their employer and private coverage after they were terminated by their insurance carrier thanks to the ACA.
But let's not let trivial things like facts cloud your left-wing cheerleading.

P.S. As you say "the ones complaining have no jobs". No those people have Medicaid free of charge. The ones getting boned are the working people that would pay for their own coverage..

The Big Dog's back

More right wing chicanery. If you had one of those "policys" the kind that comes with the grocery, Dish and pizza adds, it wasn't worth anything anyways.

Erie County Resident

Go back to sleep piddles before your mommy rolls up another newspaper.

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The Hero Zone

Did you have a license to sell health plans prior to the ACA by chance? You speak as if you know about this subject and are an authority on it. I sold health, life, etc. before doing what I do now and I assure you that those policies weren't throwaways. Let's say that there were such policies, there was no need at all to pass an unread law that does so much harm to so many other people when a simple fix could have been employed.

But you are right I guess in saying we don't have a problem. Look, we don't have a minor benign skin cancer any more because we cut off our arm! It's a miracle of science. We'll never have to worry about skin cancer on our hand again! Quality of life - 1, easily removed blemish - 0. Booya.

Darwin's choice

obama/obamacare failure.

If obama is the answer, just how stupid was the question?

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The Hero Zone

“I have a mixed opinion of all that, but it doesn’t really matter”.

So you don't mind giving up YOUR power to change YOUR law in an UNconstitutional manner? It doesn't matter that the President is grabbing YOUR responsibility? Yes, Senator, it DOES matter and that lackadaisical half-answer is unacceptable. If you really believe so much in this law as the best thing ever conceived in the minds of men you at least should have the gumption to stand up to the President and call him out for modifying what YOU voted for those years ago!

This answer is all that is wrong with Congress and explains its low approval ratings. The fact it is coming from within the same party that passed the law is even more disappointing. I may not agree with Dennis Kucinich much but that man at least fought for his beliefs and not rolled over and just gave up like there is nothing you can do about it.

Grrr I'm so upset by that quote more than anything else the article or general sentiment of it states.

Here's our representation in Washington, everyone! Behold! Is this man representing YOU to D.C. or representing D.C. to you?

grumpy

Re: "Here's our representation in Washington, everyone! Behold! Is this man representing YOU to D.C. or representing D.C. to you?"

Tis a fine example of the further from the people the gov't is (federal gov't) the worse it is. Enough said there are many examples of federal policies, regulations, and bureaucrats... this is just one more example of the mistake of letting federal gov't take more power, and screwing the pooch and piddle puppy enjoying it way too much... again.

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