So here we are, about a year after that statement by San Fran Nanny, and we are beginning to find out what’s in it. Now, I have a family who is made up entirely of liberals. They are willing to argue with me always about the merits of the new Health Care Law.
“Flyovercountry,” they say, “this bill does nothing more than offer medical care to those people who can not afford insurance,” (ie. like every other liberal policy, somewhat mitigates the disastrous results of previous liberal policy.) To them I would say this — if they allowed me to answer their statements — “Why then are so many of the Laws most fervent supporters opting out of it? Why is this game of ‘good for thee but not for me’ allowed to go on?”
As we almost immediately found out, the CBO estimates of deficit reduction were a sick fairy tale (although, that hasn’t stopped some on the left from repeating it as though we were all to foolish to see the red ink.)
Every insurance company today who sells health insurance fits the legal definition of financially distressed. This is due to the fact that the Law mandates a percentage of premiums received be paid in benefits. The insurance laws mandate that a percentage of premiums received be held in reserve for future solvency. Predictably, there is an overlap of funds, and it ain’t small. We were promised by our President that this was not a Law designed to force current health insurers out of business. The previous statement not withstanding, the President has already been caught on video several times stating that this law will cause all health insurers out of the heath insurance business, (as well as making that statement to the SEIU during the 2008 campaign.) Those of you with kids in College may have noticed increased difficulty this year in processing student loans. Well, all student loans now are made by a single bank in South Dakota. What that was doing in a law for health care is any one’s guess.
Starting in 2014, there will be a 3% tax on all residential real estate transactions. Starting in 2011, a 1% tax on all financial transactions, including cashing your paycheck. Still in love with it? Try this on for size, even as doctors all over the country are refusing service to patients with medicare, (due to the government’s refusal to pay claims at a rate acceptable to said doctors,) several cancer fighting drugs have lost FDA approval due to the price tag involved in their usage. That’s right, rationing of services has already begun.
So, with all that, at least we all get the same care and burden, in a more fair manner right? Not quite. It seems that so far, a combination of large corporations and powerful unions won’t be able to afford their share of the cost of this sink hole of a law. To date, over 150 waivers have been issued. In other words, the President’s political supporters and allies get to be exempted from the very bill they inflicted on the rest of us. The SEIU, (you recognize them as the purple shirted thugs who acted as bouncers for various Congressional town hall meetings and Obama health care rallies,) will not be participating in the new Law. GE, sorry, they won’t be helping out either. McDonald’s, nope, it turns out that they would be better able to provide health care to their employees sans the new law. (Ironic, since McDonald’s was vilified by the left as the quintessential company which would not provide its employees with health insurance.) What this also means of course is that the rest of us must pick up an increased share of the burden. The costs of benefits did not go down simply because the cheerleaders for this travesty don’t want to pay for it personally.
We need to repeal this monstrous increase in governmental authority. It was never about health care, it was about centralization of federal control over our lives.
Originally posted here.