Ironic: Most popular question on healthcare.gov

One day before the health care exchanges go into effect, the most popular question Americans posed to the government isn’t, “Can I purchase insurance before the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline?” or, “Can I add my 36-year-old son who’s living in my basement to my policy?” Nope! It was more along the lines of, “How do I get out of it without hurting my wallet?”

As of Monday morning, these are the most popular questions listed on Healthcare.gov’s website:

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Jeryl Bier, who has a talent for ferreting out interesting tidbits and glaring inconsistencies from federal websites, made the discovery and posted it on The Weekly Standard.

The more the public becomes aware of the Affordable Care Act’s higher-than-normal premiums, excessive co-pays and annual deductibles in the thousands of dollars, the more it wants no part of it.

Rasmussen released the results of its latest telephone survey Monday, indicating that 50 percent of Americans oppose the individual mandate requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance, while 36 percent approve.

That confirmed an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted earlier in the month that found 44 percent of respondents thought the health care law was a bad idea, while only 31 percent approved of it.

U.S. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that he should try Obamacare — he might like it, the Huffington Post reported.

Similarly, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said that after Americans have experienced Obamacare, “they’re not going to want to let it go,” according to HotAir.

Of course, it’s easy for Schumer and Wasserman Schultz to make such claims — they made themselves exempt from the law’s individual mandate.

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who helped draft and later supported Obamacare, referred to the law’s implementation as a “train wreck coming.”

I think of it as a beached whale — something that will naturally suffocate and die from its own weight.
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  • Darlene Mortimer Mclaughlin

    As a cancer survivor without coverage I am thrilled to be able to get coverage.

    • Daniel Bente

      I truly am happy for you, but people like you are all that should HAVE to use the ACA (Obamacare). It should be a supplement to traditional healthcare coverage, not a replacement.

    • Wyndle

      I really hope it is good for you. if and when you get it let us know I am hearing some outrageous cost for pre existing conditions

  • Gabriel Beaven

    Senator Max Bacus from Montana said. I just see a big train wreck;. May I remind you Senator Max Bacus is a Democract. Enough said. This so called President said that this law would not add one cent! to the deficit and guess what it does.

    • fatmababy105

      Bacus helped to write it.

      • Gabriel Beaven

        Yeah you’re 100 percent right! So if the law is so good? Sen. Max Baucus call it a train wreck.

  • kelly

    The government is shutdown as we speak because Obama and the senate refuse to get obamacare for themselves and they also refuse to pay for it. Yet they fully believe that every single other american should pay for it, have and if not..you must pay upwards of more than $750 (at least) for nothing! This is all that Congress is asking them to do. Now my question is-Why is it that Americans are not concerned about that? If your plan is so great and cheap, Mr. Obama, why are you not first in line signing yourself, Michelle and the kids up? And with a min income of $450k for life, why are you not willing to pay for your families health coverage?

    • Charles Wesley

      Kelly, it’s NOT 450K for life; that’s a myth. The current Salary is 400K /year, WHY would it be MORE for retired? It’s not. It’s 190K /Year for retirement. Look it up, check legitimate sources not blogs. Stop buying into crap.

      • http://mcbluefire.net McB

        No, it’s $199,700/year for salary and then $150,000/year for staff (for the first 30 months then it goes down to “only” $96K per year). They also get allowance for office space and equipment and travel expenses for them and staff when doing anything that appears to relate to duties tied to their former office. Not quite $450K a year, but definitely much more than $190K a year.