I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.
According to UPI, Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, Colo., had his new ObamaCare insurance opened under his dog's name.
As it goes, Smith's existing plan was canceled because it failed to meet the requirements of ObamaCare. After considerable effort, he was finally able to establish an ObamaCare policy — but the government service representative accidentally assigned the policy to Baxter, Smith's 14-year-old Yorkshire terrier.
I'll bet that could lead to some interesting medical situations:
Smith: Doctor, I strained a tendon in my foot pretty badly.
Doctor: You were chasing the mailman?
Such is the law of unintended consequences when the government — to keep our dog analogy going — bites off way more than it can chew.
Doctors' appointments will be the least of Smith's problems, though. If the government assigned his insurance policy to his dog, what other information might it have gotten wrong? What happens when he needs to make use of his insurance policy?
Smith to ObamaCare representative: I had cataract surgery, but my insurance company refuses to pay the claim!
ObamaCare representative: I'm sorry, Baxter, but your policy doesn't cover DOG cataracts.
Smith: My name isn't Baxter and I am not a dog!
ObamaCare representative: Then why are you barking at me?
Baxter will likely be upset with his new insurance policy, too. His premium will likely be double or triple what he was able to get before ObamaCare.
He'll bark when he realizes he has to carry maternity coverage — despite getting neutered in 1999.
He'll growl when sees how high his deductibles will be — and that Smith's middle-class income disqualifies him for government subsidies.
He'll howl when he loses his biscuits — especially since President Obama promised him that if he liked his biscuits, he could keep his biscuits!
Where government bureaucracy is concerned, bureaucratic errors have a way of multiplying.
Will Smith endure a full IRS audit for taking interest deductions on a doghouse?
What happens when Smith retires and begins receiving Social Security — and the payments are to Baxter?
Baxter, already 98 in dog years, likely won't be cashing checks for long. When he passes, will Smith spend the rest of his retirement trying to correct an error that originated with ObamaCare?