Here Comes the Obamacare Sticker Shock
Obama Svengali David Axelrod has shifted the administration's talking points, from "If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan, nobody can take that away from you" to the "vast majority" will be able to keep their plans. That means some of us will lose our coverage thanks to Obamacare, and among the ones who keep it, they'll just pay more for coverage of things they don't need. That World War II vet widower will be so happy to start paying for pre-natal care in his plan.
From one sea to the other, Americans are finding out that Obamacare is going to force them to make some difficult choices.
Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.
Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don't qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.
"It doesn't seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else," said Harris, who is three months pregnant. "This increase is simply not affordable."
That's from the LA Times, which moves on from the above to commit an act of journalistic malpractice.
On balance, many Americans will benefit from the healthcare expansion.
That's a statement proffered by the same people who said the website would work. Assertion does not equal fact.
They are guaranteed coverage regardless of their medical history. And lower-income families will gain access to comprehensive coverage at little or no cost.
So far, more Americans have lost coverage than have gained it due to Obamacare.
The federal government picks up much of the tab through an expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to people earning up to four times the federal poverty level. That's up to $46,000 for an individual or $94,000 for a family of four.
But middle-income consumers face an estimated 30% rate increase, on average, in California due to several factors tied to the healthcare law.
Money doesn't grow on trees and there is no motorcycle rider out there who is literally made of the stuff. Who's paying for those subsidies that some Americans will become dependent on? The same middle class people who are seeing our rates jacked up. I guess no one told the Times that there would be math in life. In order to give to some, the government will have to take away from others.
Let's cross the country and land in Florida:
In Florida, at least 300,000 people are losing coverage.
That includes 56-year-old Dianne Barrette. Last month, she received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield informing her as of January 2014, she would lose her current plan. Barrette pays $54 a month. The new plan she's being offered would run $591 a month -- 10 times more than what she currently pays.
Barrette said, "What I have right now is what I am happy with and I just want to know why I can't keep what I have. Why do I have to be forced into something else?"
Because Barack Obama and his party said so, that's why. Now, shut up and like it!
Obamacare as policy can best be described not as health care, but as philosophy: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." That's the part that keeps Obamacare victim Kirsten Powers on board with the policy. You can lie to some people and steal their money at the same time, and they just don't care, as long as you're the right kind of lying thief.