I am a 32 year old stay-at-home mom of three children under the age of seven. My husband is self-employed.
To date, my family is officially just another Obamacare statistic. My husband and I have both attempted at various hours of the twenty-four hour day, and various days of the seven day week, to submit our application. Between the two of us, the attempts total a little over ten.
Three weeks ago I spent exactly ninety-seven minutes on the phone with a very kind, very helpful, and well-spoken woman, who filled out the entire application for me as I dictated answers to her orally.
I was congratulated at the end of this process and assured I would see my paperwork in the mail. I was then cautioned that I only have until December 15th to get on the exchange and purchase my health insurance for the coming year. I was also strongly encouraged to utilize the healthcare dot gov website as it would be “much quicker” than waiting for things in the mail. A line penned, obviously, before the exchange opened on October 1st.
I have yet to see something in the mail.
While I like to agree with all the late night talk show hosts, emails, and Facebook jokes swirling around making light of it, the fact is, nobody in the thick of things is really laughing. I mean, sure, the idea that Obamacare is a bigger failure than the Titanic is an easy jab and a quick chuckle, unless you are one of the people praying there’s a lifeboat left for you and your kids at the end of 2013.
I’m not trying to make mountains out of mole hills, and praise God in his Heaven I’m not in the middle of chemotherapy or treating any other severe illness where my doctors, medication, check-ups, and medical tests are ongoing and necessary. I realize things could be worse.
I realize that in the grand scheme of things (the typhoon in the Philippines, world hunger, the fact that my entire family has a genetic inclination toward health and wealth in the global sense of the words), this and all the other anxiety inducing day-to-day stuff is largely silly.
So. I’m trying not to freak out. But I’m not re-posting any of the Obamacare jokes right now either.