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Sometimes ObamaCare takes your payments a bit TOO directly

In response to Why Healthcare.gov Doesn’t Collect Payments Directly:

Meanwhile, over in Washington State, the ObamaCare commissars have direct access to peoples’ checking accounts, and they’re not shy about using it.  KGW in Portland reports:

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,'” she said.

That same thought has been occurring to a lot of people lately, Mrs. Bruner.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.

Another woman on Facebook with a similar problem commented, “We are all in the same boat.”

“We’ve got to figure out how to get money to pay the bills for the next week or two until we have another check come through,” said Josh Bruner. “It’s just crazy.”

Aren’t there legal penalties for double-drafting accounts like this?  It’s a form of wire fraud, isn’t it?  What happens if these double ObamaCare cash grabs cause other checks to bounce in the victims’ accounts, saddling them with overdraft fees and bounced-check charges from their other creditors?  

Oh well, good thing ObamaCare transcends all other laws, and nobody is ever held responsible for its pratfalls.  The Powers That Be in Washington helpfully told double-draft victims to log into their website for information, but of course the website is down, and the help line wasn’t working either, so cries for help were thrown at the exchange’s Facebook page.  The Bruners are doing their bit to survive the debacle by holding off on Christmas presents and not paying their nanny.  Thanks, Mr. Obama, you made it a super-special unforgettable Christmas for so many people!

Meanwhile, over in the other Washington – you know, the one responsible for this unholy disaster – the ObamaCare commissars are sending operatives into Footlocker stores and Denny’s restaurants to trick young people into buying unaffordable Affordable Care Act policies, because full-blown panic is setting in concerning the “death spiral” of older, sicker people making up the bulk of the pitiful enrollments logged to date.  Something tells me the propaganda squad won’t be relating stories like those coming from Washington State, or reminding their young marks that even if you’re foolish enough to buy one of these ObamaCare policies, there’s no guarantee that the basket-case system will be able to process the paperwork in time to guarantee coverage in January.

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