A frequent blogger on the Liberal Daily Kos had a wake up call about the economic realities of collectivism when he got his insurance bill…
My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.
Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.
I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any f***ing penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?
Oh, ok, if we qualify, we can get some government assistance. Great. So now I have to jump through another hoop to just chisel some of this off. And we don’t qualify, anyway, so what’s the point?
I never felt too good about how this was passed and what it entailed, but I figured if it saved Americans money, I could go along with it.
I don’t know what to think now. This appears, in my experience, to not be a reform for the people.
What am I missing?
…a brain, otherwise you’d have known this was coming LIKE THE REST OF US DID!
The frothing hatred Democrats have been displaying for Conservatives lately has now become a real barrier to moving out if the current impasse. They’ve framed their opposition in such fear mongering words, that any compromise then makes them look evil. They can’t even agree to funding to save kids from cancer, lest it appear like they are acquiescing to those horrible Tea Party members. Writes William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection…
Republicans in the House and most in the Senate have been flexible, floating various bills and alternatives which give everybody something — e.g. full funding of Obamacare with modification of two unpopular provisions (the preferences given to Congress and businesses over ordinary citizens).
That outcome would not be viewed as a victory for Republicans, who really want to defund Obamacare; many would view it as a loss. But it’s a middle ground which could have provided a face saving out for everyone. It would have shown flexibility by Obama to make Obamacare better than it currently is, while Republicans would have had to defer at least until the next election the ultimate goal. It would have maintained a better status quo than we currently have.
But because Obama was in no-negotiation-with-terrorists mode, less than all was viewed as an unacceptable loss.
(relevant link: The Hill—Senate GOP proposals would force Obama into health law exchanges)
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