Inexplicably, A Georgian Was Among The First To Sign Up For Obamacare, Or Was He?

Somehow Chad Henderson slipped through the net of evilness* constructed by mean-spirited Republicans to keep people from turning on their computer and visiting healthcare.gov. Here’s a bit of an interview Henderson did with the Washington Post:

He logged onto the Web site around midnight on Oct. 1, ready to purchase coverage. Part of his decision was ideological: He wants the health-care law to succeed.

“I’ve read a few articles about how young people are very critical to the law’s success,” he told me. “I really just wanted to do my part to help out with the entire process.”

The sign-up process took about three hours.

However, an interview with Henderson’s father seems to contradict some of young Henderson’s story:

But details of Chad’s story proved difficult to verify. And in a phone interview conducted this morning, Chad’s father Bill contradicted major details of Chad’s story. I reached Bill Henderson by following a series of links at Chad’s Facebook page, through which I was able to speak directly to the father.

Bill Henderson told me that both he and his son were interested in getting coverage, but that he had not enrolled in any plan yet, and to his knowledge, neither had his son. He also said that when they do enroll, getting the most coverage for the least money would be the goal, and that he expects that he and his son will get coverage under the same plan.

Bill told me that Chad had been looking into plans online. “He told me that there’s different plans. And we haven’t decided which plans to enroll in yet.”

* There’s not really a net of evilness, but some supporters of President Obama would have you believe Republicans want to see people suffer and wallow in poverty. That’s not true, many of us simply believe there were better ways to solve the problems our health care and health insurance system face. Even now, there are a number of plans for addressing these problems floating around the Congress.

Discuss.

23 comments

  1. xdog says:

    “many of us simply believe there were better ways to solve the problems our health care and health insurance system face.”

    That’s pretty disingenuous, Buzz, and not on point either, given the current government shutdown by the tpers and their enablers.

  2. Bill Dawers says:

    I was doing a little reading today about my home state of Kentucky, which voted overwhelmingly against Obama in 2012 but which has a fairly popular Democratic governor who has embraced the ACA. Unlike Georgia, Kentucky has established its own exchange and apparently set up one of the more effective systems for enrollment. From the WSJ (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/02/why-kentuckys-health-exchange-worked-better-than-many-others/): “As a result, Kentucky’s exchange, dubbed Kynect, logged solid results in the first day and a half of operation. As of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10,766 applications for health coverage had been initiated, 6,909 had been completed and 2,989 individuals or families had enrolled in new coverage.”

    Lots of working Americans lack health insurance because of the dearth of affordable options. I think it’s too bad that a state like Kentucky is facilitating the process of giving those people a shot at private insurance and also expanding Medicaid, while a larger and wealthier state like Georgia is not doing either of those things.

    If Republicans want to repeal and replace the ACA, they will need to say exactly what they’ll replace it with. My guess would be that obstructionism of this law will lead in less than a generation to a single payer system, with much more government control.

    • John Konop says:

      That is the type of plan I have advocated for being an option within a state exchange for all…..this is what the debate should be centered around….

    • Or you could read the article (waiver wasn’t granted because regulations weren’t written yet), do a Google search, and find out that HEY GUESS WHAT THEY GRANTED THE WAIVER.

      God you guys are terrible. Do a google search to fact check your “facts”.

      The program still exists, it got a waiver.

    • John Konop says:

      Napoleon,

      Chris has also advocated the plan you support on this blog, why not work with him to advocate for it here? This is a classic example of people agreeing on pragmatic policy from both sides, end the political BS, and work together, for what is right.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Soon we’ll have to “Show me the money” aka millions of new policies in place and hope we are going down the right road for Georgians.

  4. seekingtounderstand says:

    If the world doesn’t want our software, phones, cars because we spy on everything, does it really matter if we have healthcare/tax if people can not find work.
    And who is going to pay the bills if we eliminate another industry?
    Other countries are now developing their own internet systems.

  5. Rick Day says:

    of us simply believe there were better ways to solve the problems our health care and health insurance system face.

    which are…..? *hands you the chalk, gestures to chalkboard*

    And “better ways” have been held back as a viable option because…..?

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      ACA is really just a political action organization. They used the free phones to organize and remind people to go out and vote………….just imagine what they could do with control of health care.

        • Napoleon says:

          John, the WSJ also was very much in favor of it. It is a shame that Georgia hasn’t looked into this type of program. If I were a legislator, I would introduce something like that, but I’m not and I have no plans to run for the legislature, so maybe someone in the legislature who reads or writes on this blog will take a look at it.

          We need to start looking at healthcare like we look at other insurance. Your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t pay out every time you need a repair. Your auto insurance doesn’t cover you in the event of an oil change or new tires, or even very costly repairs like a new transmission.

          Employer based health insurance has gone from a perk to attract good workers in a time when labor was in short supply after WWII, to something that has developed into a “right.” It’s not a right. Forcing others to provide you insurance does not make it a right. There are other rights that a certainly not substadized. We have a right to own a gun, but you can’t force the federal or state government to buy you one. You also can’t demand taxpayer dollars to exercise your freedom of speech, religion, petition or assembly. In fact, the only enumerated right you have that requires a profession to provide you services and a third party to pay for it is the right to an attorney, and that right did not get fully extended to states until about 170 years after the right was enumerated.

          Chris, fine, they granted the waiver. That wasn’t the real point though. The point was that despite the echo-chorus of mindless Obama-drones chanting that there is no GOP alternative, the fact is there actually is.

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