Quitting ObamaCare Takes Woman 6 Weeks
As Medicaid expansion makes headway
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2014 6:58 PM CST
This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, in this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

(Newser) – Signing up for ObamaCare wasn't easy for Missouri resident Lesli Hill, but getting off the program was a nightmare. When she found an individual insurance plan with better benefits, she tried unenrolling from ObamaCare and spent 6 weeks talking to operators, using online chat, and sending emails, Hill tells Fox News. When she thought she had unenrolled, the $950-a-month premium was taken from her bank account. Only when she finally drove to her insurance company in Kansas City did someone there help her unenroll on a federal line.

"It's consumed my whole life," Hill said. "I felt like I'd slipped into a parallel universe. ... It's just as hard to go off as it is to get on." Meanwhile, one unsung benefit of Obamacare is the number of poor Americans signing up for expanded Medicaid—most of whom were previously uninsured, the New York Times reports. In West Virginia alone, more than 75,000 have enrolled in the program. "I got to the point when I decided I just didn’t want to be here anymore," said a West Virginia woman who suffered renal failure after she couldn't get consistent medication. Now enrolled in Medicaid, "the heavy thing that was pressing on me is gone."

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Bobby Ricigliano
Jan 23, 2014 10:42 AM CST
Well she should have learned how to use the internet better, maybe it wouldn't have taken her so long.
Jan 21, 2014 11:08 AM CST
I recently read on Sky News UK that a man in Great Britain died in an ambulance while waiting to be cared for at a hospital. He was waiting in the ambulance, parked outside the hospital, for four hours. This is the system we wish to copy?
Jan 21, 2014 9:13 AM CST
So to recap: This person goes onto a federal website and uses that guide to buy a contract from an insurance company (not the federal government) After buying the product she does what she should have done before - research. And she finds a better plan and decides to cancel the other one she bought (which was not from the federal government) But instead of going to the insurance company she bought it from directly she tries to cancel the policy through the exchange, a system not built to manage policies - but to find them. And after repeatedly calling the wrong place to cancel she finally goes to her insurance company and they cancel her policy with the other company, which apparently she never actually had attempted to contact in order to cancel her policy. This woman is an idiot.