It’s Hobson’s Choice for that insurance you’ve been legally mandated to purchase:
“I’m sorry sir,” the polite Healthcare.gov customer-service agent said. “There’s nothing I can do. You’re either going to have to enroll in Medicaid or you’re going to have to pay the full health-insurance rate.”
“The rate you quoted earlier?” I asked. “That’s nearly 30 percent higher than my current insurance bill, I just can’t afford it.”
“You’ll have to pay the full rate, yes,” the agent replied.
“I don’t understand,” I explained. “I have plenty of money to pay you a reasonable rate, but I can’t afford to pay the same rate a millionaire would be asked to pay. Why can’t I just receive a partial subsidy? I’m willing to pay more than what Medicaid offers.”
“Sir, that’s just not how the system works.”
I found this old Russian joke:
An American spy is dropped by parachute on to Soviet territory. He immediately decides to give himself up. He makes it to a town, finds the appropriate organization and goes up to the doorman:
‘Listen, friend, I’m an American spy and I want to give myself up. Who should I see?’
‘Second Floor, Room 218,’ replies the doorman.
The spy gets to Room 218.
‘I’m an American spy. I want to give myself up.’
‘What’s your area, sabotage, terrorism or ideology?’
‘Sabotage,’ replies the spy.
‘Then you’ve come to the wrong place. Go to Room 613 on the sixth floor.’
The spy gets to Room 613.
I’m an American spy specializing in sabotage. I want to give myself up.’
‘Did you specialize in transport or industrial targets?’
Transport,’ replies the spy.
‘Well that’s the seventh floor, Room 742.’
The spy gets to Room 742.
‘I’m an American spy specializing in the sabotage of transport. I wish to give myself up.’
‘What kind of transport, road or railway?’
‘Railway,’ replies the spy.
‘Then you’ve come to the wrong place. Room 936, ninth floor.’
The spy gets to Room 936.
‘I’m an American spy specializing in the sabotage of rail transport. I wish to give myself up.’
‘Look here, Comrade, don’t you see that it’s six o’clock? We’ve finished interviewing for today. Come back tomorrow.”
Is it too late for us to surrender to ♡bamaCare!!!?