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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Vaunted new "3 page" White House form is a blivet. Squeeze it one place, it comes out another

UPDATE The coverage says 3. Klein seems to think 5. The form I'm seeing is 5. Not sure where the difference comes from, whether coverage or revised forms or the different classes of forms. Needless to say, there should be exactly one form: Your birth certificate.

Blivet. n. Ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.

Even Ezra Klein understands this:

The original form was lengthy because it included the forms for a family of six. If you were a single adult, you just ignored most of those pages.

The new form is short because it’s only for a single adult. But if you head to the HHS Web site, you can find the new form for family coverage. It, too, is shorter: A mere 12 pages rather than 21. But it only includes the forms for … two people. If your family includes more than two people, the form advises you to “make a copy of Step 2: Person 2 (pages 4 and 5) and complete.”

The result is that the new form for a family of six is 20 pages long and includes a substantial amount of time spent in front of a copier.

So the new form really is less intimidating for single adults, who now get an application catering to them. But it’s a bigger pain in the neck for a family of four, who now get an application catering to families of two — and to a media that equates fewer pages with better forms and laws. As larger families will now find out, shorter and simpler are not actually synonyms.

The whole "is the form too long" is an entertaining sideshow. The real story here is that Obama just got personally involved in the public relations. And have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is? Loading more work onto families of four so he can "win the week" on a PR exercise?

We need Medicare for All. Then, the only form you need would be your birth certificate.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Lucky you that you’ve never had to do estimated taxes for the irs, its every quarter. If you pay to little or too much there’s a penalty. Then one yr I put in the wrong SS # it took 6 months to straighten out and it was a nightmare.

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Submitted by katiebird on

But, my life is in an uproar right now and it's thoughts of the estimated quarterly tax thing that keeps me from even a fantasy of starting my own business.

I admire your bravery and skill.