This is an unusual situation but it is not a scenario where people who need help getting affordable health insurance will be getting significant help. This is a very low probability case but it is a legitimate problem. And as far as policy fixes, allowing Carol to go to collect subsidies on Exchanges would be facially attractive, but systemically, this is a massive swipe at the employer sponsored health care model instead of the mild tilt against employer sponsored healthcare model that the rest of PPACA so it would not fit with the the other PPACA moving parts and general operating assumptions.
Finally, the commenter made a very good point about information and choice overload for people operating from a standpoint of scarcity:
One thing this doesn’t convey is the stress this is having on the
working poor. Not every one has a kid like me who will pester someone they met on the internet until they get an answer…
It’s equally important to understand the disruption this is going to
have on the working poor. These are people who have constructed a patchwork of coverage that, while considered shitty by some, actually provides them with healthcare. Further add that these people don’t tend to have a lot of time to sort things out, may have to make elections by the end of November — imagine having to make a decision to go with your new employer policy or something from an exchange if you lived one of the states that have essentially no access to healthcare.gov. Even with access these changes are still very confusing for people. For the working poor, this can become very stressful.