Obamacare applications get shorter
April 30th, 2013
09:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Obamacare applications get shorter

(CNN) – Applications for health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law will go from 21 pages to three, according to a White House official, who said the change was part of an effort to simplify the implementation of Obamacare.

"The President wants the Administration to be as flexible and nimble as possible in implementing the ACA law," the White House official said, referring to the law's official name, the Affordable Care Act. "It is a complex undertaking, and it is particularly important to the success of the law that enrollment into the Markteplaces be as user friendly as possible."

Starting this fall, the some 15 million Americans who buy health insurance on the individual market will be able to shop for and enroll in health insurance through state-based exchanges, with coverage taking effect in January. By 2016, some 24 million people will get insurance through the exchanges, while another 12 million will continue to get individual coverage outside of them, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

A draft application to receive insurance on the exchanges topped out at 21 pages, the White House official said, which prompted criticism that it was overly complicated.

"Obviously, the drafting of the Marketplace application is just one small piece of ACA implementation," the official continued. "But we hope that people concerned with implementation will view this corrective action as a positive step and a demonstration of our interest in taking whatever actions we can to make the law work well for all."

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 with loud opposition from Republicans, who have repeatedly tried to repeal the measure in Congress. The centerpiece of the law, an individual requirement to obtain health care insurance, was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012.


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Hey republicans especially you posters here see how Pres.Obamas thinking of you ignorents out there downsizing your ACA application now and never needing a lawyer to make it out like before..He's putting your medical records on microfilm as well and they'll impliment safeguards to fight off Medicare,Medicaid fraud bringing down prices also..It'll take time but sucess stories like SocialSecurity and Medicare even against the radical rantings of republicans years ago is still working isn't it and remember republicans even you yourselves on it thank the democrates because they were helping Americans which republicans never do!!Truth on this subject does really hurt doesn't it!!!Roosevelt with creating SocialSecurity in the 30s and LBJ with Medicare in the 60s,take that republicans put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

    April 30, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Scott

    Things just keep getting worse, nevermind our taxes are going up to pay for this health care, now you really will have class warfare. Depending on your financial status, will define what coverage you get, the more you pay the better the healthcare. Rich people will be able to afford to quality healthcare, poor people not so much, you will get the basics and little else. As Goverment panels decide what treatment you get, as they tell the doctor what they will cover or not cover.

    April 30, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Ok, where are the resident trolls?? Hey guys, you're slipping.......

    April 30, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Glad they're correcting this, but the fact that the application was 21 pages to start with is representative of the handiwork of Congress, which loves nothing better than reams of legalese. It's also indicative of Obama's error in letting Congress craft the legislation without his vigorous input (a mistake he no longer makes).

    April 30, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. oldpatriot

    Imagine that Obamacare is so complicated that you cant even apply for coverage, I am shocked that 2500 pages of regulations and industry giveaways would result in an overly complicated byzantine process that no one understands and even fewer can navigate. Obamacare will collapse under its own weight over time.

    April 30, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. TJeff1776

    Every country outside the United States has nationalized their heathcare. One has to wonder just WHAT we know that others fail to comprehend.

    April 30, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Depending on your financial status, will define what coverage you get, the more you pay the better the healthcare. Rich people will be able to afford to quality healthcare, poor people not so much, you will get the basics and little else."

    Would you like to explain to the class how that's at all different than a "free market" for-profit health insurance system that allowed 40M+ Americans to go without any health care insurance whatsoever and relegated the poor, sick and elderly to Medicare and Medicaid?

    April 30, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "that the application was 21 pages to start with is representative of the handiwork of Congress"

    The draft application was not produced by Congress. Those kinds of steps implementing legislation by drawing up regulations are taken care of by the regulatory bodies that are charged with implementing the legislation, i.e., the executive branch, which is why Obama saying no to the 21-page draft application and forcing them to reduce it to 3 pages was able to happen, since he's in charge of the executive branch. Had Congress mandated a 21-page application in the legislation itself, that's what we'd have been stuck with.

    April 30, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Borderless

    Um, Obama, the length of an application you fill out a handful of times in your life IS NOT THE PROBLEM! Seriously, just show us that a) we will get quality care b) we have control over our health decisions c) when we have a health concern we aren't going to get lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy d) health care costs will come down e) insurance premiums will come down...

    If the length of the application is all you got, color me unimpressed.

    April 30, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. eric

    I own a small business and have to buy my own health care. I make a good deal of money compared to most but can't afford $500 a month just for health insurance. These exchanges are for more than just the very poor.... all small business owners and their employees will need these exchanges because the current model is BROKEN. If you get insurance through a larger company then this discussion has nothing to do with you and you need to stay quiet.

    April 30, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Not Fooled

    Just like us currently, Switzerland does not have nationalized/socialized healthcare – and it works just fine. I know I was an expat there for a few years. ObummerKare will destroy our great healthcare systems – wait and see you low-information-voters:)

    April 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. GG

    What amazes me is how Obama is getting a free pass on the actual costs vs the estimates he was touting when trying to get this monstrocity passed. The estimate was 846 billion, today that figure has ballooned to over 1.4 trillion and rising. Get your leach on!

    April 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Part of the cost that US businesses have here is paying for health insurance. It is one way that they are at a disadvantage. If there was a signle payer system, then there would be less of a disadvantage.

    April 30, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. jim

    The problem will be if Obamacare is simply difficult and bureaucratic but not a complete disaster, like going to the DMV. Then we'll just suffer along with it for the rest of our lives, instead of repealing it completely.

    April 30, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. TireuxDeRoche

    Scott said: "Depending on your financial status, will define what coverage you get, the more you pay the better the healthcare. "

    And that's different from what's happening now? Oh wait, it isn't.

    April 30, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Bubba

    The trolls who like to bash Universal Healthcare seem absent from this very positive posting. Hey trolls; remember to still call it "Obamacare" when it becomes a huge success, and America defends it as it does for Social Security Benefits today.

    April 30, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. ray

    " Provide for the common welfare"

    April 30, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Not Fooled

    Keep working harder fools

    April 30, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Data Driven

    I stand corrected, Sniffit. Appreciate the info.

    April 30, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. seriously, what were you thinking?

    This bill is a disaster. Affordable shouldn't even be in the name of it. Rates will skyrocket. Lower income families and individuals will be FORCED to pay for insurance that they can't afford. Wait and see what happens to the economy. This is one of the worst laws passed in recent memory, Millions will feel their disposable income shrink; and if no change is made soon, millions will be in turmoil.

    Thanks dems, you did it again.

    April 30, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. al

    I am constantly amazed at all the misinformation republicans and conservatives keep saying and posting about Obamacare. Its ok to criticize but to just tell outright lies shows that the issues are not with the plan but with the party that got it passed. When are republicans going to grow up and start doing what is right for the country and the people?

    April 30, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "The estimate was 846 billion, today that figure has ballooned to over 1.4 trillion and rising. "

    What's so hard for you to understand about the numbers representing measurements of DIFFERENT ten year periods? You need to compare apples to apples, deary, not apples to tractors.

    April 30, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Keys1

    Hey al, the lies are coming from you boy, are you a Republican?

    April 30, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Pete

    Hey republicans especially you posters here see how Pres.Obamas thinking of you ignorents out there downsizing your ACA application now and never needing a lawyer to make it out like before..He's putting your medical records on microfilm as well and they'll impliment safeguards to fight off Medicare,Medicaid fraud bringing down prices also..It'll take time but sucess stories like SocialSecurity and Medicare even against the radical rantings of republicans years ago is still working isn't it and remember republicans even you yourselves on it thank the democrates because they were helping Americans which republicans never do!!Truth on this subject does really hurt doesn't it!!!Roosevelt with creating SocialSecurity in the 30s and LBJ with Medicare in the 60s,take that republicans put that in your pipe and smoke it!!
    --------
    Medicare and Social Security are "success stories"???? The hand out benzodiazepines as you leave....

    April 30, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Cindy

    So my question is... Where are all of the medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, physician assistants) who are going to see all of these newly insured people? Having insurance is NOT the same as having access to health care.

    April 30, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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