- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obamacare: Your story
Test Driving the ACA Marketplace Exchange for the Cornfield
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
My life partner Iohn and I decided to test drive the marketplace exchange to check out the health insurance plans being offered and the options available here in the Cornfield.
While I'm on Medicare, Iohn is one of those young, uninsured workers which are necessary to be enrolled in order to ensure the solubility of the Affordable Care Act's provision for expanding availability of healthcare insurance to millions of uninsured.
Here is what happened when I went to http://healthcare.gov and selected the State of Indiana from the drop down box.
I am on the site now for Indiana, which chose not to participate, but allow the federal government to handle the marketplace exchange. So far all I am seeing is a screen asking me to wait because too many people are on the site. I logged onto the site at 1:20 p.m. (ET).
As I said, I am assisting my life partner, Iohn, check out the plans and sign-up as required by the law or be taxed for healthcare insurance. Iohn at 26, nearly 27, is one of those low income, young workers the ACA must enroll to make the program soluble. Without young people like Iohn, the ACA fails and fails miserably.
I am wondering how long I will sit here and be waiting. Young people, who the ACA depends on signing up to pay for the government program, have very, very short attention spans and want immediate gratification.
How many younger Americans are going to be willing to leave a browser tab open and wait for the site to respond?
It has been right at 10 minutes now and I am supposedly being connected.
Well...here is the result after an additional two minutes:
The system is down at the moment. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Please try again later.
Of course there is a toll-free number to call and a reference ID number.
So much for trying to check out the plans and options and making a choice of healthcare insurance.
From the Cornfield, stories are being reported across the nation that people are having the same difficulty.
It is apparent that the Department of Health and Human Services was not prepared for the roll out of the exchanges.
Earlier I did report, based on HHS figures released on healthcare plan costs, the affordability of the ACA using real dollars and sense of typical low-income workers in the Hoosier State:
What was apparent then is the insurance are anything, but affordable. Sadly there is no way at the moment as the web site continues to glitch to confirm or deny this.