I’m from the government and I’m here to help

On the Obamacare front, WRAL gives us the story of a man who has tried to get insurance through healthcare.gov 14 times.  If it wasn’t a law it would be hilarious.  Well, it’s still hilarious but sad for the victims at the same time.

 

Miller says he called Blue Cross Blue Shield and was told that his application has not been forwarded to them. He says he calls the Healthcare.gov helpline about every other day and regularly spends two to three hours on the phone waiting for and then talking with service representatives and their supervisors who are unable to tell him his status or how to proceed.

“It’s extremely frustrating. I can’t imagine that any organization can work treating people like that without having answers, without having anybody you can turn to to get an answer,” Miller said.

Miller, who owns a small roofing business and is Internet savvy, says he does qualify for a federal subsidy, which is why he’s going through Healthcare.gov. Yet, when he calls the help line, he says their default answer is to start a new application, which he has done 14 times.

Miller says he plans to be back on the phone Thursday, trying to get answers about his family’s health insurance coverage.

And we have the results of the lightbulb ban coming in to effect

Government regulations taking effect Wednesday stop businesses in the United States from manufacturing or importing 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. It’s all part of a 2007 federal law requiring light bulbs to meet higher energy efficiency standards. In the past few years, 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs were phased out.

This is also utterly ridiculous.  This is a choice consumers should make, not the government.  Incandescent light bulbs dim far better than CFL or LED.   Incandescent bulbs also put out more heat (hence their larger energy consumption).  In addition to crippling the easy bake ovens of thousands of little girls, it also creates a dilemma for those of us in geographic locations where things occasionally freeze and can be saved by the application of a regular old lamp with a 60 watt light bulb.  The bottom line:  If CFL’s and LED’s are so great, they will naturally dominate the market, it shouldn’t take a government mandate.

Although I think we can all agree that it’s delightful that these things have heavy metals in them and the government is always telling us how safe those are… oh wait…

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