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The Death of Little Nell

December 18th, 2013 - 2:57 pm

 

Dying for the Affordable Care Act

Dying for the Unaffordable Care Act

Has there been a more heart-rending story recently than this piece from the New York Times? Oh, the humanity:

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.

But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage.

“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.

As Oscar Wilde famously observed, “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.” But wait, it gets funnier.

In the real world, most cancellations up to this point have been of “bad apple” policies that fell short of Barrycare’s lofty moral standards for acceptable coverage, including maternity benefits for menopausal women. But on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and similar precincts, the problem is the opposite. Their policies are plenty generous, but they have to die so as not to “siphon off” the healthy folks whose participation in the exchanges is vital to keeping the absurd scheme solvent. But hey, there’s good news — some of those artists and writers and doctors and lawyers may qualify for government subsidies!

But the real yuks in this piece are the quotes from rock-ribbed liberals who are suddenly rethinking their allegiance to Leftism now that it has real-world consequences:

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.

It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.

“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

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"It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in."

The condescension implicit in this sentence is palpable. Obviously in the view of the NYT, only poets, painters, writers - i.e. artists - are "creative".
No doubt they agree totally with Obama's observation that the productive working people of the country do not create, that they "didn't build that". The national infrastructure was simply imagined into existence by artists.
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I would gloat, but I actually feel bad for these people. They just don't know how to think things through -- and that was true of very educated and successful people I know.

Not to toot my own horn, but all I needed to see was a plan for 60% coverage and I knew this was a load of horseshit. (Actually, my initial thoughts in 2009 were, "Yes, medical insurance needs to change. But you are not the people to do it. I wouldn't trust you to write procedures to change a litterbox.")

This entire process was delusional from the beginning.
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Of course, this highlights the difference between a "liberal" sheep and a communist wolf.

The NY glitterati are "Obama people" who believed he would eat them last. He would leave their purses and finery alone precisely because they held all the "proper" positions on all the assigned issues.

I mean they are "for" those issues and "against" the ignorant "bitter clingers"...those mouth breathing Troglydites who sing in church and bake their own cookies.

So, why would the One World Socialists (OWS) "redistribute" THEIR money? Why, it's not fair at all. Didn't their vote and subscription to the NY Times give them absolution?

Useful idiots cease to be useful at some point, but the rest of the description is harder to shake.

The neat trick of Obama's Weathemen cabal...is how they keep the masquerade alive...pretending to be "liberal sheep", while the pack devours the herd along with the resistance.

And pajama boy and the drunken frat doofus...is EXACTLY how the OWS crowd and the Nation of Islam crowd sees "liberals". It talks to them and treats them (and the turncoat media), those who do their bidding...with abject disrespect. It sees them as weasels and weenies.

Now that the fog is beginning to clear ( and some small bit in their indoctrinated heads, but not much), the glitterati are befuddled. Pajama boy has run out little marshmallows for his hot chocolate and he will only "think of others...the have nots", when his cup is full and brimming with little steaming marshmallows.

The disconnect is just as funny as Little Nell. But much more dire.

It may be too late. When the Weathermen turn on the glitterati...they must believe they don't need them any longer.

And, their abuse of the Propaganda Machine is the same dark omen.

Because if they feel they don't need the glitterati or the Propaganda Machine any longer...what's around the corner is going to be very ugly. Then again...most of them won't leave the safety and comfort of the herd...even as they are being sheared and slaughtered.
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my roomate's step-sister makes $61 an hour on the computer. She has been fired from work for seven months but last month her payment was $12468 just working on the computer for a few hours.
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16 weeks ago
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I will knock on doors for a Freedom, Liberty and Leave Me Alone Party
16 weeks ago
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My comment on PJ Boy is GAY ....much!!!!!!!!!!
17 weeks ago
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No, just totes lacking masculinity. Worse than gay, he is lukewarm on being a man.
16 weeks ago
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Liberals like to do good. They find some cause that sounds good and fight. They just don't have a good grasp of cause and effect. I guess I'm different. When I hear of some wonderful nonsense like Obamacare/PPACA, I tend to begin thinking of all the possible benefits and consequences of such a thing. I could write a long pretentious post, but I'll be succinct—My conclusion: Saving the farm by salting the land isn't a solution.
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Obama has no use for those who supported him any longer and he does not care what they think. He does not care about anyone's healthcare. He does not care about the media nor the rules of law. I will go as far to say he does not care about America - period. Obama no longer needs anyone to carry his water so now he will exploit them, all of them for the fools he knows they are.

When I first saw the picture of the pajama boy, I had to stop and ask myself why Obama would allow this picture to be used knowing that most of the country would mock it. Then it became obvious to me, that was his intention. It is his way of pleasing his evil nature. This man loves to play games and he loves to intimidate the American people. Nothing Obama does is unintentional.

The white nerdy looking young man wearing pajamas is just one victim, many more to come. The leftists who are in disbelief of their health care changes better get ready for more surprises. The evil man in the Oval Office is not done yet. Piece by piece he dismantles this country and takes pleasure in laughing at those who helped make it all possible.
17 weeks ago
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My conclusion concerning "PJ Boy" was that the people who identify with PJB are a group most likely to be duped into willingly signing up for Obamacare. I want to see a '70s Marlboro Man Obamacare ad. That would be funny.
17 weeks ago
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I would like to see a 70s Marlboro Man myself - where are they? (smile)
17 weeks ago
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The "Liberals" of 2013 have become the "Tories" of 1776.

And we all know what happened to the Tories.
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"had she known what was in store for her" The only reason for not knowing was either willful ignorance or blind loyalty to party, which may be redundant. Still, expanding the net to cover more people for more things AND claiming that this could be done for less money requires a suspension of disbelief usually associated with zombie movies.
17 weeks ago
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Apparently some people have no economic or math sense.
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You cited the NYT as writing: "And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage. “I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan." Well, well, well, what did they think (if they can even do that) -- that there is a free lunch? Frankly, my heart bleeds borscht for them. They foisted this incompetent on us, and now they're complaining?

One other thing: PLEASE oh PLEASE, do not call these people 'Liberal.' I keep saying that doing so is Orwellian. There is nothing liberal about them or their policies. To be politically correct, call the Leftists; to be less so, call them Socialists or Communists, which is what they are.
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"To be politically correct, call the Leftists; to be less so, call them Socialists or Communists, which is what they are."

Does proglodytes work?
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As I keep asking: how hard would it be to sell a Freedom, Liberty and Leave Me Alone party, especially when this is the face of the rulers?
There. Fixed it for ya.
17 weeks ago
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"This puts the Left in the terrible position of being forced to choose between its principles and its pocketbook..."

Whoa, Michael. Who ever said the left had principles? (Besides the left, that is.) No, what the left has is an agenda. There is a difference. And their agenda has always been to force misery on thee, not we. Now that they are finding out that their agenda can boomerang on them... (Because, unbeknownst to them, those in the ivory tower see them as part of the unwashed masses, too.) they are aghast.

You know… it’s almost like watching history repeat itself. Isn’t this the sort of thing that happened to the “intelligensia” post Russia revolution? As well as post revolution China? Cuba? Venezuela? (Shall I go on?)
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I think most liberals have principles and want to do good. A few are malevolent, but most of them just don't think. They don't realize that their "do good" schemes have unintended consequences that are far worse than any good that comes of them. "It's for the children..." or "the hungry..." or "clean air..." or whatever and they get all warm fuzzy and support whatever cause or legislation is attached to their warm fuzzy feeling. If you oppose their feeling and get all brainiac with your math and logic and facts, instead of calmly looking at your evidence, they get flustered and angry and assume you are hateful and greedy and must be opposed.
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I don't agree. I actually do think they're mentally ill in a particular way, and that they absolutely tend toward malevolence. When faced with the plain objective failure of policies that produce damage to lives and souls, they do nothing and even press those policies harder. Their unrelenting hatred of those who disagree with them is absolutely malevolent. I watched some malicious Leftist bint named "Rye" a few days ago rehash the meme that Tea Party was racist because they shouted the n-word at congressmen, a fabrication that Andrew Breitbart totally demolished.
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I'm not sure our thoughts on liberals disagree. It could be some mental defect that makes them keep pressing for failed policies. The wonderful fantasy policy they have in their mind makes them happy, and it is some sinister force like the Tea Party that is keeping their magical world from emerging. If they can just work harder and defeat the forces of evil (anyone who thinks they are crazy, evil simpletons), their new world will emerge.

I've been torturing myself by reading some liberal books written for true believer liberals. Many of them really think they are helping and doing good and making the world a better place. Their logic and sense of cause and effect is completely whacked, though. Many of them don't see that their policies perpetuate or exacerbate the very problems they are trying to solve.
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I can't take credit for the thought but the best thing ever said about this, had to do with the law of unintended consequences. "Liberal policy always achieves the exact opposite of what it intends to do."

The War on Poverty created more people on welfare and destroyed the black middle class. All Linda Brown's parents wanted was for her to go to the neighborhood school in 1954. So by 1970 we had Federal judges ordering EVERY kid to walk past the neighborhood school and get on the bus.
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Malevolence is a principle...
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