When HealthCare.gov wasn’t working, Fox News bitched and moaned about how awful it was that you couldn‘t use the web site. Now that the site’s much improved, they’re trying to scare people away, claiming you shouldn‘t use it because of vague “security” risks. They have yet to actually find a family who bought health insurance and had a cyber thief book a Mediterranean cruise using their AmEx, but still…
Sean Hannity has gone from having Ainsley Earhardt sit there unable to log on, to having her refuse to give HealthCare.gov her Social Security number, which clearly is what Fox News wants everyone to do. If that sweet little South Carolina cupcake Ainsley pouts her glossy lips and says “Hell, no,” you can (and should) too! Because if we all refuse to give our Social Security numbers, Obamacare will fail, the Muslim Socialist will go back to Kenya, and America will be saved.
Meanwhile, down the hall, Megyn Kelly is obsessed with the 834’s, the form that HealthCare.gov sends to the insurance company you choose. While the error rate on the 834’s was about 25% back in October and November, some of those errors were de mininis (your middle initial was wrong) and that rate is now about 10%. And mostly we are talking mistakes, like people getting enrolled twice, not “lost” applications where people think they have insurance, but they don’t.
Anyway, Megyn is worrying her pretty blonde head about how in the world people can possibly figure out if they have insurance, without showing up at the hospital on January 1st and being left in the lobby to die. Actually, it’s pretty simple, something even folks who work at Fox News should be able to grasp. If you get a bill for your first premium, which happens pretty quickly after you enroll, congratulations, you have insurance. Well, as long as you pay that bill. If you don’t get a bill, you don’t have insurance, and you need to contact the company you wanted to sign up with. Since this is basic capitalism — you get stuff by paying for it — you’d think Fox News would understand the whole billing-and-premium-paying thing, as opposed to the how-the-Hell-can-anyone-tell thing Megyn Kelly is pushing.