Who’s Hand Is In Your Wallet
By Marilyn Snyder
Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, Novermber 7, 2013
This week the entire country is witness to true progressive extremism as millions of people lose their health care insurance.
Americans made two unfortunate mistakes. First, they trusted the man in the White House when he said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”
The irrefutable fact that President Obama deliberately deceived us to first pass, then promote, his nation-changing health care law has tarnished his image forever. He got a four-Pinocchio rating for his “If you like your policy …” mantra from FactChecker. com.
Second, many people condemned Republicans and tea partiers for trying to slow down the implementation of the gargantuan and poorly written Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Yet the Real Clear Politics average polls are 51 percent against and 42 percent in favor of the law.
To all those who demonized the TP for the shutdown, here’s the TP rebuttal: We were right! The vastly incompetent failure of the ACA website rollout has more than justified efforts to slow or stop its implementation.
Conservatives tried to save your health care policies by standing up against progressives.
They warned of the catastrophic consequences of a confusing law that would radically change every American’s health care coverage.
Republicans wisely sent funding bills to the Senate for everything except Obamacare.
Senate Democrats improvidently refused to consider those funding bills, thus shutting down the government.
Did the shutdown seem extreme? Or in retrospect, does it seem more like a nuisance when compared to the astonishingly klutzy ACA that caused 3.8 million people, including 900,000 Californians, to have their health insurance policies cancelled? So far.
Now those same extreme progressives are discovering what Republicans and tea partiers have known all along — an elephantine and unmanageable bureaucracy is incapable of managing and securing our most private health data.
Is it extreme for millions of self-supporting people who previously paid their own insurance to discover that they can only afford the new ACA insurance because it will be subsidized?
When you hear that health insurance is subsidized, translate that statement into plain English: Someone has their hand in your wallet to pay for their health care. If they aren’t paying for it — you are!
The Democratic former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Her words echo throughout Americans’ living rooms while families sweat their cancellation notices: “You have to pass the bill to see what’s in it.”
Well, now we see the impact of the first ugly ACA regulations and it ain’t a pretty sight.
• Nearly 2,000 company waivers granted
• Companies like Time Warner and IBM sending retirees to the exchanges
• Companies switching full-time employees to part-time
• Part-timers losing health care coverage
• Companies like UPS no longer insuring spouses and families
• The employer mandate postponed for a year while the individual mandate still applies • Individual policies cancelled — many more expected before the first of the year.
Despite the chaos and havoc of the ACA, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that when the program is fully implemented, 30 million people will still remain without health insurance!
My child, who has a preexisting condition, compared the ACA affordable plans.
The problem is that while they all cover stuff for kids and pregnancy, it’s much more expensive for the non-generics I have to have and for the annual required visit to my specialist.
While it first seemed like a good program, the sticker shock was like a stab to the heart.
Thanks to Democrats, the ACA is causing conservatives and progressives and independents and non-politicals to experience bipartisan sticker shock. Ultimately, the ACA represents the extreme opposite of everything that tea party conservatives are committed to: free markets, fiscal responsibility and Constitutionally limited government.
The will of the people grows stronger every day of the Digital Debacle rollout against uninsuring the insured, and shall surely prevail.