December 16 2013
By Post Editorial Board
Ever wonder what became of Julia, the cartoon woman featured in an Obama re-election ad charting all the government programs she’d use over her life? Well, she’s back — and trying to get health insurance under ObamaCare. It’s not a pretty sight.
In an update of Team Obama’s “Life of Julia” cartoon, the Independent Women’s Voice and Independent Women’s Forum just launched “The Real Life of Julia’s Policy” (Julia’s health-insurance policy, that is). In it, Julia — now 26 — owns her own Web-design business and thus must buy her insurance directly. Sadly, the ordeal she encounters reflects what many Americans face today under the Affordable Care Act.
Start with the cancellation notice she receives on her old policy, even though it worked well and was affordable. Left with no insurance, Julia visits HealthCare.gov but can’t sign up due to glitches.
When she phones a navigator, she is directed to a new plan that doubles the cost of her premiums, hikes her deductible and switches her to a new network of doctors.
Now Julia can no longer see her gynecologist, “someone she has really grown to trust over the years.” She also worries about the security of personal information.
It gets worse. Doctors’ offices tell her they’re not taking new patients, especially those with insurance from the ObamaCare exchanges. And when she finally does find a doctor who’ll see her, she must wait four months for an appointment.
Yes, it’s a cartoon, but every point is backed up with real examples. Check her out at RealLifeOfJulia.com. This is one of those rare cases where the sequel is better than the original.