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Chuck Weber: View from Obamacare trenches

  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Notably lacking from the news and Opinion pages of The Wichita Eagle are real-life accounts of families struggling with the calamity known as Obamacare. This is one such story, direct from the trenches.

The misadventure begins when “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it” meets the reality of a policy termination letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. With five children and two aging parents under our roof, there’s no time for pity parties. Like millions of other jilted Americans, my wife and I scramble for alternatives.

Step one: HealthCare.gov.

The website is indeed the nightmarish Rubik’s Cube of confusion lampooned by late-night comics. Beginning in early October and continuing at least every other day for the next eight weeks, we spend 60-90 minutes daily attempting to complete the online application. Each new “glitch” (now that’s funny) in the process becomes more confusing than the one before, yet strangely amusing.

My father’s “immigration status” is flagged – a curious query for a fifth-generation German-American. The marital status of our 17-year-old son with Down syndrome is skeptically explored. (A wife? And we thought his social skills were delayed!)

On three separate occasions, telephone tech support “prioritizes” our concerns to the “Advanced Resolution Center,” with promises of a call back and solution within “three to five business days.” Still waiting. Frozen? Frozen.

Contrary to White House press releases, the site is still not functioning anywhere near normally. Or perhaps it’s close enough for government work.

Only last week did we succeed (we think) in completing an application, thanks to a remarkably intrepid HealthCare.gov techie who “wink-wink, nudge-nudged” us around pools of virtual quicksand that previously sucked us into cyber-oblivion (the Advanced Resolution Center).

As sole proprietors supporting a large household by “eating what we kill,” we’ve learned, like the Marines, to improvise, adapt and overcome. And we will. But when it comes to health care, the State is a formidable opponent imposing a Brave New World.

We may laugh at the postmenopausal pregnancy coverage for my wife, but it’s no joke when the jackboot force of law coerces us to support sterilization, the destruction of human life (Ella, Plan B) and other assaults on our deeply held religious beliefs and liberties.

Health care is a basic human right, and we’re ready to sacrifice so that it’s available to our household and others. But young people targeted to overpay and finance this scheme are rejecting Obamacare in alarming numbers.

Obamacare isn’t about healing more of the sick. It’s the imposition of a radical and extreme cultural ideology. God help us.

Chuck Weber is a Catholic writer and film producer who lives and works in Wichita.

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