Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Huis Clos' Updated

Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 classic "No Exit" described a group of (dead) people, forever locked in a room, trying to ascertain the nature of and reason for their punishment.

Fast forward 7 decades, and FoIB Jeff M alerts us to the story of 64 year old David Carpenter and his 62 year old wife, Sandra, locked in an even scarier scenario: the ObamaTax.

Seems that Mr C made a fateful and (as it turned out) costly mistake: he signed up for an ACA plan at the site. This would prove to be a disaster, since it turned out that he also began to receive his well-earned VA benefits this year. Since there's not supposed to be any "double-dipping," he needed to cancel his ACA plan forthwith.

That's when he turned to his insurance agent, Stephanie Sheffield. As a Marketplace-certified agent, she was prepared to do battle on the Carpenter's behalf, but quickly learned that "[w]hen there is something that needs to be changed on the policy through the marketplace, no one seems to know how to fix it — not people at the marketplace nor their supervisors."

So in addition to being breeding grounds for ID theft, it turns out that Ms Shecantbeserious and her crew have no idea how to actually service their customers' changes. As a result, the Carpenters could end up owing Uncle Sam some major bucks:

"Carpenter’s dilemma is that at year’s end, he’ll have to pay back any insurance subsidy ... $8,160 for the whole year."

That's a lot of scratch for a couple who've been funemployed for the last 14 months.

But remember:

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