Applying for Health Insurance: Then and Now


In which John Green attempts to apply for new health insurance coverage using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges and then through a private insurer that existed before the ACA (aka Obamacare) went into effect.

It’s of course too soon to tell which of these options will be cheaper, which will offer the best coverage, and so on, but I wanted to explore how the (still very glitchy) exchanges compare to the pre-ACA experience of trying to get approved for coverage.

Yes, I realize this video is over 4 minutes. I think it meets the definition of an educational video, but I’ll leave it up to y’all to discuss in Our Pants:

22 Replies to “Applying for Health Insurance: Then and Now”

  1. So I'm American and its completely alien to me to be able to walk into a hospital and get service without paying for it, weather it be out of pocket or by insurance. Socialism sounds awesome.

  2. If healthcare works for the rest of the developed world, it will work for America.
    Guess how much my history matters for when I get sick? Not a whit. I just tell my doctor or have my files transferred.
    The only thing we have to pay for is an ambulance ride, which can get expensive without insurance. No one dies for lack of money for medicine.

    The only thing I have to pay for is elective surgery, which by definition I don't need, so it's fine. There are /some/ things that slip through the gap, but overall it's pretty good.
    Unless Tony Abbott succeeds in fucking it up, tho his latest attempt failed.

  3. There has to be a catch to the public plan. Granted you don't have to go through a laborious medical history but…will you get that money pronto to pay for your medical biz? But it was nice to see this example in foreplay of everything. Thanks John Green. Also, private is perhaps still better in getting the money rather than applying for it. Those are two difference processes with two different outcomes. Nice vid!

  4. Couldnt you just waited and automaticly recieved a card that you just have to show to any doctor in the country to get most treatments without using your wallet? if its coloured blue it might even work the same way in other nearby countries aswell.

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