Editorial: Changes in health care can be a confusing mess

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM.

Whether you’re an opponent or proponent of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare depending on your side of the aisle) we’ve learned one thing this week: It’s not such a simple plan.

Maybe we should have already known that judging by the size of the legislation, but here we are just days from implementation and confusion is still present.

There’s so much confusion that many don’t know they are required to get health insurance coverage and don’t know the procedures for getting health insurance, as we learned during a meeting Monday night at the Harlowe Community Center.

Business owners — judging by a Tuesday morning meeting put on by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce — also have questions about the process and what they can and can’t do under the new rules.

The fact is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed the House and Senate, was signed into law by the president, and even went through a Supreme Court case. Enrollment is scheduled to start on Tuesday, and the open enrollment period for residents runs through March.

The idea of health care for all may be a noble one or a direct attack on our Constitution, depending on how one looks at it. But even good laws can produce bad results when they produce this much confusion.

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