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by Bob Doherty

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Twelve Weeks of Obamacare

On the first week of Obamacare, The government gave to me
A promise of good healthcare, for me and my family

On the second week of Obamacare, the government gave to me
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family

On the third week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
A tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family

On the fourth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
A notice that my individual plan needed replacing,
A tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the fifth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
Navigators that weren’t navigating
A notice that my individual plan needed replacing,
A tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the sixth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
Call centers that weren’t calling
Navigators that weren’t navigating
A notice that my individual plan needed replacing,
A tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the seventh week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
More time to sign up
Because of call centers that weren’t calling
Navigators that weren’t navigating
To replace a plan that needed replacing,
Requiring a tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the eighth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
Eligibility for premium tax credits,
More time to sign up,
Because of call centers that weren’t calling
Navigators that weren’t navigating
To replace a plan that needed replacing,
Requiring a tech surge to start repairing
A website that wasn’t working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the ninth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
More information on my health plan choices,
Eligibility for premium tax credits,
More time to sign up,
With help from call centers that started calling
Navigators that started navigating
To help me replace a plan that needed replacing,
With a tech surge to start repairing
A website that had begun working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the tenth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
No lifetime limits on my coverage,
More information on my health plan choices,
Eligibility for premium tax credits,
More time to sign up,
With help from call centers that started calling
Navigators that started navigating
To help me replace a plan that needed replacing,
With a tech surge to start repairing
A website that had begun working
And a promise of good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the eleventh week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
A plan with no pre-existing condition exclusions,
And no lifetime limits on coverage,
Selected from a menu of health plan choices,
With eligibility for premium tax credits,
And with more time to sign up,
And help from call centers that started calling
And navigators that started navigating
I was able to replace the plan that needed replacing,
Thanks to a tech surge that was successful in repairing
A website that finally was working
So I could have good healthcare, for me and my family.

On the twelfth week of Obamacare, the government gave to me,
Confirmation that I had actually enrolled!
In a plan with no pre-existing condition exclusions,
And no lifetime limits on coverage,
Selected from a menu of health plan choices,
With eligibility for premium tax credits,
And with more time to sign up,
And help from call centers that started calling
And navigators that started navigating
I was able to replace a plan that needed replacing,
Thanks to a tech surge that was successful in repairing
A website that finally was working
So I now have good healthcare, for me and my family.*
*As promised

To the readers of this blog, I hope you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek adaption of the Twelve Days of Christmas to describe the roll-out of Obamacare.  I will be taking the next two weeks off for vacation and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, so this will be my final post of 2013. 

As always, I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts in this blog about the latest in health care policy, and I appreciate hearing back from you (yes, even when you don’t agree with me).  For what it matters, according to http://www.blogger.com, this blog got approximately 573,000 page views in 2013, and 1,870,621 since I started writing it in July, 2007, not counting this post.  Thank you!

Today’s question:  No question, just my wishes to you for a Happy Holiday and New Year!

1 Comments :

Blogger ryanjo said...

In the spirit of this post, I offer my own haiku on Obamacare:

Searching for healthcare
Hopes that seemed bright, like the stars
Fall like bitter tears

December 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM  

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Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Author of the ACP Advocate Blog

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