Another twofer for you this afternoon. First up, Jacqueline Leo from the Fiscal Times says that ♡bamaCare!!! “institutionalizes” the divide between rich and poor and medical care:
Corporate insurance in those days was the great equalizer. I had what the CEO had, as did everyone in the mailroom. That “equalizer” is doomed with Obamacare. So says one of the chief architects of the president’s health care law, Ezekiel Emanuel. He told The New York Times that companies will move away from providing insurance and offer stipends for employees to buy insurance on the health care exchanges. Emanuel said the “Cadillac tax” imposed on high-cost full service plans will push companies to make that choice. “By 2025, few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance,” Emanuel told The Times.
The idea of course is to dump as many millions as possible onto the exchanges.
How bad are the actual services? While I’ve never had a peek at Ann Coulter’s net worth, it’s a safe bet that she’s socked away a little something for a rainy day, and it’s for sure her annual income would be envied by most. Nevertheless, here’s what her self-employed self had to deal with on Healthcare.gov:
With zero help from the Obamacare website, I eventually figured out that there was one lone insurance plan that would cover treatment at a reputable hospital. The downside is, no doctors take it.
So my only two health insurance options — and yours, too, as soon as the waivers expire, America! — are: (1) a plan that no doctors take; or (2) a plan that no hospitals take. You either pay for all your doctor visits and tests yourself, or you pay for your cancer treatment yourself. And you pay through the nose in either case.
That’s not insurance! It’s a huge transfer of wealth from people who work for a living to those who don’t, accomplished by forcing the workers to buy insurance that’s not insurance. Obamacare has made actual health insurance “illegal.”
It’s not “insurance” when what I want to insure against isn’t covered, but paying for other people’s health care needs — defined broadly — is mandatory.
To sum up, bullet-point style:
• The poor and middle class will get crappy care when they need it most, but will enjoy the dubious benefits of free birth control and coverage for acupuncture. The policy hope is that the latter will distract them from the former.
• The upper-middle class and the nearly-rich get left holding the bag like William Hurt in Body Heat. The policy hope is that they’ll fall into line behind the Democrats who will offer them relief.
• If you’re rich enough to pay cash for the finest services at the finest hospitals, you’ll do just as well as you did under the old system. Odds are, you’re already a Democrat.
That Means It’s Working™.