Efforts To Hide Full Cost Of ObamaCare Insurance Fueled Epic Crash – Forbes
By Grace-Marie Turner
The irony is rich. President Obama toldMaryland college students just days before the launch of his healthcare “marketplace” that it would take just a few keystrokes to compare prices and policy details.
“Don’t take my word for it, go on the website,” Obama told a crowd at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD, five days before the launch. “See for yourself what the prices are. See for yourself what the choices are and then make up your own mind. That’s all I’m asking.”
But the bureaucrats in his administration clearly weren’t listening. They created a website that is calamitously cumbersome and is not at all like the typical online shopping experience that lets people browse for products and prices before making a purchase. Instead, the Healthcare.gov website demands an extraordinary amount of personal information from “shoppers” before they can find out their health insurance options and prices.
Why would they design a site this way? Because the administration didn’t want people to get sticker shock by seeing the full cost of the insurance policy upfront. And since subsidies depend upon a number of factors, including income, family size, and health habits, the administration decided to require every potential applicant to enter that information before they could “shop” for policies.