Friday, September 20, 2013

People still confused about Obamacare
Week 3 Article 2
1. Sandhya Somashekhar, Peyton Craighill. (19 Sept 2013) Many Americans confused about health care law, poll finds. The Washington Post.

2. Issue: Health

3. Level: National

4. About: People that need subsidies the most are unaware of what Obamacare means and the changing laws regarding health insurance.

5. Who this affects?
This affects the seven million uninsured Americans. They’re supposed to go to a website and fill some documents out about their income, housing, and employment.  Then they may qualify for Medicaid. If not, they have to search through online registries of competing insurance companies to pick a new policy.

6. My thoughts?
According to this article 6 out of every 10 people say they do not have enough information regarding the new law. I’m willing to bet that a lot more people than that do not know that they have to have insurance coverage or they may be forced to pay a fine. It makes me feel like they want a lack of awareness.  I do not understand why they are waiting until Oct 1 to tell us more information.  That’s when it supposed to start. Then we only have six months to choose a plan. I don’t like that time frame. Honestly I wish this article would’ve summarized Obamacare just one more time for me. It seems I’m not the only one confused here. Since people don’t know what it’s about, why aren’t they promoting it better? All they have to do is post on Facebook and then everyone will know. As far as Oregon’s 3.2 million dollar ad campaign for Obamacare that never mentions Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, what a waste of a couple of million dollars. Lastly, upon further investigation I realized I am one of the people that this applies to.

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