ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Its “Single Streamlined Application” is 26 pages long. To be fair, that includes the penalty for perjury
I hate to quote Forbes, because the "ZOMG!!!! Government paperwork!!!!" trope is so shopworn, but I've looked at the ObamaCare form, and it really is a horrow show:
The Obama Administration quietly released a draft copy [PDF] of its “single streamlined application” for Obamacare. This is the form that the government will use to certify eligibility for the program’s subsidies. The on-line version of that form requires 60 printed pages to spell out all the queries. (A condensed paper version of the same application fills 21 pages).
And all this comes before you fill out your state paperwork to see if you’re eligible for Medicaid (and before you even begin to select a health plan). There’s also a separate form that you’ll have to give to your employer to complete for you.
What’s in the 60-page document? Most families of four will have to answer about 1,000 discrete queries by the time they’re done. Some of the information you won’t have ready access to.
Remember, the metaphor we keep hearing is that under ObamaCare, buying health insurance online is going to be like buying an airline ticket at Travelocity or shoes at Zappos.
Not so. What Forbes misses, of course, is that the whole exercise is not about "paperwork" but about rent-seeking. The entire point of ObamaCare is to guarantee the insurance companies a market for their product -- creepily called "the Marketplace," with capital "M," in the draft copy linked to above -- even though there is no demonstrable value to having the insurance companies involved in any health care transaction. All the income tests, all the eligibility criteria, all the options and "choices": All these are there to enable successful rent seeking, and all go away when health care is a right and there is a single payer system like Medicare for All.