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The Human Face of Obamacare

February 24th, 2014 - 6:25 am

So here you have it: Mrs. Blackwood “had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren’t happy with that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her condition and it’s completely unaffordable.”

Got that?

This is no abstract political bargaining chip. It is the life of your mother, your child, your spouse. Mr. Blackwood is under no illusions about the state of American health care before Obamacare. He well understands that there were things wrong with it. And he understands that the intention—or at least the professed intention—of the Act was to provide coverage for those who didn’t have it.  (In fact, as I have often had occasion to observe in this space, I believe that Obamacare is only incidentally about providing health care. At bottom, in my view, it is about exerting central government control over more of your life.)

But let’s leave intentions—be they good or malevolent, or, possibly, both good and malevolent—to one side. Surely, as Mr. Blackwood points out, “there is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive. ObamaCare made my mother’s old plan illegal, and it forced her to buy a new plan that would accelerate her disease and death.” (Remember what that kooky dame Sarah Palin said about “death panels”?  Really, that’s just another name for “triage.”)

There is certainly room for creative thinking about fixing the American health care system. One thing that the disaster of Obamacare should have taught us is the folly of believing that we can contrive a centrally planned, one-size-fits-all solution that can be effectively administered from Washington, D.C.

This is the sad, the enraging truth:

The “Affordable” Care Act is a brutal, Procrustean disaster. In principle, it violates the irreducible particularity of human life, and in practice it will cause many individuals to suffer and die.

You won’t find chilly, insulated elites like Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama admitting it, but the blood of Mrs. Blackwood and millions of other Americans harmed by their thoughtless legislation is on their heads. Obamacare is a totalitarian scheme masquerading as a humanitarian enterprise.  Its human cost is incalculable, but already, just a few months in, we’re beginning to get a sense of the suffering it will cause.  When your treatment for cancer is disallowed, when your daughter cannot get the medicine she needs, when your mother’s insurance is cancelled, will you still go gently into that good night of liberal sanctimony? Or will you finally realize that when Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” this might not have been the beneficent program the New York Times and other such outlets led you to believe?

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So one person's mother dies from cancer. Is that really such a big deal compared to Sandra Fluke getting her free birth control? We need to get our priorities straight here.
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Yes, what you're missing is how restrictive the grandfathering rules that HHS later promulgated are. Your premiums can change (perhaps within limits), but changes in deductibles, co-pays, and a variety of other things will make the plan not eligible for grandfathering (the new mandates weren't an issue). When I last checked, quite some time ago, estimates of required plan cancellations were as high as 90% for the individual market.

Obama did at the last minute try to undo this, but insurance companies and state insurance regulators cannot turn on a dime, and many of the latter are outright refusing.

As a side note, I'm amazed at how many people are downplaying or worse the fates of people who are dead or prematurely dying because of Obamacare. Do you really think all these anecdotes are bogus?
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Obama: "I'm really good at killing people"

And we thought he was just talking about aerial drones. But he has also deployed the Obamacare drones who are proving even more effective.
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The problem was "pre-existing condition" which is always a concern for private insurance. And the fact that Humana would lose money if they had to pay for the medication. This is always a problem when a person has to switch insurances. I should note that even under national insurance systems that extremely expensive medications may not be covered. I do know that this is true with the British NHS. Some drug manufacturers do offer "assistance" to those who qualify because of income. She might want to check with the drug manufacturer about this.
34 weeks ago
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You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Likewise, you have to kill a few cancer patients to make a perfect health insurance. Socialist have always understood that those who stand in the way of progress are best left on the side of the road with a $0.05 bullet in the back of the head.
Reeducation is much more expensive, and rarely works.
34 weeks ago
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Only fault I can find in your observation is that DHS pays more like $0.50 a round for their massive ammo procurements. Other than that, yep you nailed it.
34 weeks ago
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The 300 lb. gorilla in the room is......."I can do whatever the hell I want, because I'm the 1st Black President. No matter how much I lie, how much damage I do to the economy, America's national standing, playing games with people's lives via screwing up the healthcare system, etc, etc, EVERYONE will pull their punches with me". Sorry, but if a White man did 1/10 of the damage Obama has done, the wolves would be at the door. We, as a nation, have allowed this evil piece of garbage to thumb his nose in our faces. We sit there and take it, because we're scared to death of being called racists. We are impotent, completely cowed by political correctness. This man is destroying this once great country, and even in our complete disgust, in the back of our minds we think "better choose our words carefully, he's Black, you know".
34 weeks ago
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"Sorry, but if a White man did 1/10 of the damage Obama has done, the wolves would be at the door." His name was Richard Nixon and the wolves got him.
On the question of impotence: there are enough elections that turn near the center to change the balances in Congress. Eventually we can change the presidency as well. We need to show more toward the center that the conservative-libertarian concept is better for them and better for the nation than the goodies-for-all-while-we-tighten-the-chains "progressive" agenda. I don't understand why that's so hard, but it is. Impotent, though, we are not.
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MTG, I don't understand your statement. As our Presidential candidates we've had Bob Dole, G H W Bush, John McCain, G W Bush and Mitt Romney. Which one of those is the Conservative?
34 weeks ago
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C'mon, haven't we heard enough of this Obama Promise not kept nonsense?

Look, it's not like he did something really evil to people, like say placing traffic cones on a bridge somewhere - now if he'd done that, I could understand harping on it like this.
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At some point in the not-too-distant future, even the most mild-mannered and even-tempered from among us might find themselves singing--with new meaning--the words to the old Rolling Stones tune: "The time is right for fighting in the street, boy."

Or, then again, maybe not . . .
34 weeks ago
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I'm sure McConnell, Boehner and Rove are outraged about this and are doing everything in their power to fix the problem post haste.

Step 1, of course, is to re-elect McConnell.
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While posting these stories every day (and broadcasting them in every electoral race where a Democrat is running) will help in the political battle, I'm afraid the full solution to the problem will involve lots of lamp posts....
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Hitler had the death camps. Obama has the ACA. This isn't about affordable health care for anyone who actually needs it today. It's about ensuring that the truly sick perish to make way in society for those who are either the producers or the supporters of the politburo.
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We've really got to stop using the "DMV" thing. First of all, that's a STATE agency and second, tell me what you would do to liven up your local DMV. The people who work there are doing a deadly boring job day after day with a bunch of crabby and often nasty customers. I know! Lets just let everyone drive without a driver's license, proof of insurance and all that other BS.
34 weeks ago
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Wow. Chill out.
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to support an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes.php Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014. After obamacare is repealed or defunded we can go back to our normal bickering.
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