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Bryan Preston


February 10, 2014 - 8:48 am

San Antonio, TX WOAI-TV reports on the plight ahead for one Texas mom in the age of Obamacare. Rachel Benjamin has six children. She was stunned to learn that five of her six kids will now have to go on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP — Medicaid for kids. Medicaid was supposed to be a safety net for poorer Americans, not a program to cover the middle class.

Benjamin says her family is not impoverished, but will now have to go on Medicaid for their kids’ health insurance. “I don’t want to feel like I’m the lowest class citizen in this country,” she says. “I mean, like, who is on Medicaid?”

In addition to being forced into dependence on government that Rachel Benjamin never wanted, she now worries about whether her kids will even be able to see a doctor if they get sick.

“Now I’m just gonna hope and pray that they’re not gonna need to go to the doctor,” she says. The Benjamins had healthcare before Obamacare, but their policy didn’t meet Obamacare’s mandates. They liked it, but could not keep it. To buy insurance on their own now would cost the family $16,500 per year.

Most doctors don’t accept Medicaid, but who knows, maybe forcing doctors to start accepting it is among the things Americans will continue to learn about years after the Democrats passed and President Obama signed that law.

Watch WOAI’s story about the Benjamin family here.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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I'm a licensed health agent in Texas.

Very little of the above story makes any sense.

No one forces anyone to join Medicaid. If the customer felt she had no alternatives that depends on her situation. But no one forced her to have her children join Medicaid.

She says she's middle class. Few middle class families qualify for Medicaid.

She says she had to give up her previous policy. It's true that policies that don't meet the minimum standards of the ACA are in line for cancellation. Most of those were pure crap and got people into tons of trouble when they encountered major medical expenses.

Those that weren't were allowed to be continued by the Obama Administration IF THE INSURERS WOULD ALLOW IT. Not all insurers did.

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Health Insurance is not Health Care, as America will learn good and hard, as Mencken observed.

I abstain.
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The nation that entered into a shooting war over the Stamp Act evolved into this in just 12 generations. It's sickening. It makes my soul hurt.
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The Grand Vision of Equality is playing out...

"Medicaid was supposed to be a safety net for poorer Americans, not a program to cover the middle class."

We need to realize that Medicaid is a only a temporary type of benefit plan that will be unnecessary over time. Why? Because there will be no poor versus middle class - we'll all be in the equally miserable class and all have the same health care. Bam! Utopia!
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That's not a bug, that's a feature.

In the leftist lexicon, more dependence is a good thing.

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