October 29, 2013

Obamacare follies

Some entertaining reading from around the nation as it suddenly dawns on the clueless that Obamacare comes with a  hefty price tag.  As you read these, you'll find yourself wondering about these people the following question: "How could you not see this coming?"

The first one also sets up some context, the rest are shorter (or maybe not).
In one of the most stunning examples of political hypocrisy in recent memory, some of the very congressional Democrats who rejected efforts to delay full implantation of the “Affordable” Care Act – then blamed Republicans for the resulting partial shutdown of the federal government – are now supporting the very thing they opposed only a couple of weeks ago...

..much of the backlash [against Obamacare by voters] has been due to an economic reality that should have been expected – but, in some cases, clearly was not.

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” said retired teacher Cindy Vinson of San Jose, Calif., told the Mercury News. “I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
Via the LA Times:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

"She said, 'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.
Examiner.com picks up some of the hilarity directly from the comments on the Facebook page of Healthcare.gov. The hilarity continues unabated over there.
"I am so disappointed," one woman wrote. "These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!"

"There is NO WAY I can afford it," said another person who used the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator, who claimed to not qualify for a government subsidy even though he made $8.55 per hour...

"I knew when the democrats called it the 'Affordable Care Act' that it would be un-affordable," another Facebook user said.

Another person said his premiums tripled as a result of Obama's law.
In Florida there was this story:
"When I got this bill, I was outraged," Barrette said. Technically she didn't get a bill — last month Florida Blue wrote to let her know that her old plan was being discontinued and she'd be offered a new, more expensive but more comprehensive plan, in its place. Currently she pays $54 a month. The new plan will cost $591 a month. "What I have right now is what I'm happy with, and I just wanna know why I can't keep what I have," Barrette asked.
Heritage Foundation's The Foundry column has a truly schadenfreude moment for those of us who knew that people who proudly voted for Obama and supported Obamacare would eventually face sticker shock.  It's a terrific read and they've conveniently put one of the key stories into a nice visual for everyone to share:


Even uber-liberal Daily Kos'ers got into the act:
My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don't go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.

Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife's rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.
This could go on all day. But the post would become too long.  There's more coming though, I assure you.  Obamacare ensures it. 
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