Like rats in a maze, millions of Americans without health care insurance are going to get it. But only if they can get through the maze.
It’s like anything else run by the federal government. Those who want the benefit must fill out forms. Lots of forms. Complex forms.
Those who think this will be easy, have a surprise coming to them.
They may be eligible for tax credits. This assumes that they pay income taxes. But do they? Half of Americans don’t. A tax credit is worth nothing to people who pay no income taxes.
They may be eligible for Medicaid. Or not.
Of course, if Republicans in the the House of Representatives don’t buckle, there will be no money for ObamaCare. Then what? No one seems to know.
Can Obama move funds appropriated for other programs into ObamaCare? He may try. But which programs will be de-funded? Obama will be like a housewife trying to balance the family’s budget. Worse; he will not be able to use the credit card to run up debt. The debt ceiling does not allow this.
So, it’s up to Republicans in the House to impose the budget. It has decided to put the federal government on an emergency spending plan. This of this as a Dave Ramsey makeover. It should have been done years ago.
Cut up those credit cards! Set up a budget. Start paying off those debts. The government did it in 1837: no federal debt. It can do it again.
If it can’t, there’s always bankruptcy. It can get a fresh start.