Whatever

It continually amazes me just how many people are willing to keep defending Obamacare and all of the problems it is causing.

President Obama promised us before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law that “if you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. I guarantee it.” We are rapidly finding, however, that many of us can’t keep our health insurance plans. An insurance plan can’t simply change; if the cost or the benefits go over a certain threshold (and that threshold is not very high), the plan is cancelled and a new one is rolled out in its place. Thanks to Obamacare, a lot of people who had only bought enough insurance to cover catastrophic injuries or illnesses have lost their plans. It is now estimated that over two million Americans have lost the insurance plans that they liked – all because Obamacare required that insurance cover everything and the kitchen sink. I have friends who deliberately bought that kind of insurance. They had enough money to pay for basic doctor visits and they intended to use their insurance for exactly what it was meant to cover: high-cost emergencies. They liked their plans, and Obamacare is the sole reason they’re unable to keep their plans.

Don’t tell the Democrats, though. They don’t care. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Mr. “I will not yield to this monkey court”, went on Megyn Kelly’s show and claimed that the policies are being cancelled because the insurance companies are somehow seeing the light. He said, “the bottom line is, if you’re selling a lousy policy at a price that’s too high, nobody’s going to buy it. And so they’re cancelling these policies because they know people won’t buy them.” Megyn pointed out that people WERE buying them and they were happy with them. Pallone replied, “they’re not going to buy them anymore when they have a better alternative!” (Really? You call shotgunning someone into buying a policy that has to cover everything “willingly buying a better alternative”?) Incredibly, when Megyn asked, “why do you get to decide what’s lousy?” Pallone responded, “it’s capitalism!”

Quite literally all Pallone could say was that nobody is going to buy “lousy” plans when there’s a better alternative. What he’s willfully ignored is the fact that there has ALWAYS been a better alternative, and people still opted to buy these supposedly lousy plans because they liked them. The ACA had nothing to do with “providing a better alternative.” Even the Democrats who are admitting that plans are being cancelled because of Obamacare requirements are being completely flippant about the situation – all the way up to the President.

President Obama, rather than answer for his lie, had the audacity to tell people yesterday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall to shop for a better plan. He said, “if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. That’s what it’s for. Because of the tax credits that we are offering, and the competition between insurers, most people are going to be able to get better, comprehensive healthcare plans for the same price or even cheaper than projected.”

First of all, you have done nothing to create competition between insurers. You have mandated that everyone buy insurance, so the companies know that they have a guaranteed customer base. Second, your tax credits aren’t going to come close to covering the out-of-pocket increases that I’m now paying. Third, my employer only offers insurance from one company; if I buy my own, including in the government marketplace, it’s going to cost exponentially more. None of this nonsense has made anything more affordable for me. Originally, the claim was that the ACA was supposed to eliminate the people who use the ER as their primary source of health care. Instead, it has only subsidized those people to continue doing that by forcing people like me to pay more up front. I’m not impressed.

It is not up to you to determine what is good enough for my coverage. It’s not up to you to tell me that I don’t have enough coverage or that my plan is “lousy”. It’s none of your business whether I’m insured and you have no right to tell me that I have to have coverage and that the coverage I have is required to cover maternity care, birth control, and OB/GYN. You are not here to rule me and you are not here to decide what is best for me. If you are capable of taking on the power to tell me what’s good for me, then you are one short step away from taking on the power to determine whether I’m worth spending healthcare resources on, and I have a very serious problem with that.

Kathleen Sibelius made an embarrassingly poor appearance before Congress yesterday. After taking full responsibility for the utter failure that is Healthcare.gov, Representatives grilled her on several aspects of the ACA. When asked if she would sign up for Obamacare, Sibelius first tried to skirt the question by claiming it was somehow “illegal” for her to sign up for it. Then, when pressed on whether she would if she were able, she refused to answer. During that testimony she was caught on a hot mic saying, “don’t do this to me!” As if that wasn’t bad enough, when asked whether President Obama bore any responsibility for this incredible failure, Sibelius only said, “you clearly…whatever.” Of course, we all know that Sibelius likely wasn’t the person responsible for deciding who would build and run the website, so one must ask what she’s going to get for falling on her sword in front of Congress over this behemoth of a Greek tragedy.

For the $634 million the Obama administration has poured into the mockery of a website that hasn’t worked for more than twenty people this month, they could have set up a $1 million account for every man, woman, and child in America and earmarked it specifically for their healthcare, and they would have had more than $300 million to spare. They wouldn’t have even needed a crappy website to keep track of it all.

The license being taken by this administration is breathtaking. How are they combating their poor image? They do an end run around those of us who aren’t willing to live with the imposition of these decrees by labeling us as extremists, terrorists, and racists. The media that is supposed to keep us informed is, instead, complicit. Pay no attention to that Tea Party behind the curtain, though. They’re irrelevant.

Whatever.

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8 thoughts on “Whatever

  1. I don’t disagree with much of what you’ve said here. The law as it is, is causing real problems. These problems will need to be addressed legislatively, and I fully believe voters will demand and get fixes to the ACA.

    I don’t, however, buy into the hyperbole about Obama having “lied”. That a vast number of people had crap insurance policies is fact, and Obama saying you could keep a crap policy “if you like” was definitely his mistake. But a mistake isn’t a lie. He probably didn’t know how many people had been conned by insurers. I’m not sure anyone except the insurers knew just how big a scam they had gotten away with.

  2. I tend to be very mindful of the difference between mistakes and lies, especially since I’ve been called a liar for genuine mistakes on the pages of this blog. However, several WH staffers have come out and said that he knew before he started making these promises that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to keep their policies. That would not surprise me.

    He has claimed he didn’t know about a lot of things. If he’s as capable as his followers say he is, then he’s not inept; he’s a liar.

  3. I am in full agreement on everything you stated, but $643 million divided by 330 million people comes to about $1.95 per person.

  4. Well, my math ain’t that great. If I were trying to compute dosages of medications for a patient who was bleeding and screaming at me, I’d be able to do it in my sleep. Maybe it’s all the zeroes…

  5. I agree, this train wreck of a Federal Health + Medical system will probably come to full bloom in 2017 or 2108 or later, long after Obama is no longer president, and when he doesn’t have to care about it anymore.

    Off : News about Iran.
    It’s Nov. 23, 2013. At about 10:30 PM today, Pres. Obama made a deal with Iran + other nations to let Iran keep making enriched uranium. Is Obama going to stop them, or take realistic steps to stop them, from making nuclear bombs or other nuclear weapons with it? Nope. Not unless Iran lets the U.S. inspectors + other nation’s inspectors go to any yard + into any building + government building, can the US + other nations check that there are no nuke weapons made + that there are no nuke weapons parts being made. When is the last time a nation let another nation see all of the buildings where it stores all of its tanks?
    You don’t get to see all the tanks, so do expect a nation to show you all of its nuclear weapons + nuclear bombs.

    This event in Iran could start a HUGE nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What if Egypt + Iran both get nuclear weapons, + then start a war against each other. Do you trust all of the generals to not go rogue + drop a nuclear bomb on the land of their wartime enemy? Single generals have been known to go rogue + use bombs without their government’s permission in some developing countries.

    Anyone want to take that bet? Want to bet that the threat of nuclear war won’t get worse in the Middle East?
    Anyone want to buy land in Iran, or in countries bordering Iran, now?

  6. Please pardon my typos. What I meant to say is:

    You don’t get to see all the tanks, so don’t expect a nation to show you all of its nuclear weapons and nuclear bombs.

    In my comment, I had accidentally written: do expect.

  7. You know one of the things I never hear them talking about? When Obama took office approximately 13 million people didn’t have health-care. Due to his inept handling of the Economy during his re-election that number was around 30 million – primarily due to people being out of work, and their Cobra running out.

    Before Obamacare took effect and all of those cancellations hit that number was at 46.8Million without coverage. I have seen that with all of the cancellations due to various policies not meeting all of the mandated requirements that number is approaching 60 million without healthcare by the end of 2013.

    Now when he took office – it was 13 millions – it will be well over 4x that shortly. And I never hear anything about this. The numbers don’t lie, but the media sure does…. Imagine if a Republican were responsible for destroying the economy and throwing some 47+ million people off their healthcare plans – and more all the time.

    Seems Obama’s real legacy is abysmal failure in everything he has done. He is by far the WORST President of all time by every objective measurement.

  8. I have to apologize; our system tagged your comment as spam and it’s usually pretty good about weeding the real spam comments from the honest comments. I’m sorry it took so long for me to see it.

    Beautifully said, by the way.

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