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Who’s Hand Is In Your Wallet

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.