Predicting the Lie of Obamacare Succes

Sometime, when the “glitches” with the Affordable Care Act websites are fixed and the system is chugging along dysfunctionally, someone is going to start sharing the number of folks who have signed up for “cheap, affordable” healthcare. Those numbers will tell us that thousands upon thousands of people are signing up and we will be lead to believe that those people were the kinds of folks who used to be shut out of the system because they couldn’t afford care or because they had pre-existing conditions. There will be some truth to those assertions.

And there will be a huge lie, too.

See, with literally hundreds of thousands of people losing their insurance coverage because of the ACA, a huge number of the first wave of folks signing up will very likely be those who had, until recently, been covered. That is, they had already been in the system, they had already had coverage, and they had already entered into a voluntary contractual relationship with insurance companies, paid their money, and had their needs met. Perversely, that voluntary relationship was destroyed by the ACA, which then compels an involuntary relationship with another insurance company. Even better, with the new rules, some of those folks will likely be getting government subsidies on their insurance costs.

Read this from a Kaiser Health News story:

Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.

The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010.  At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Now, let’s say it again: the government will be paying people to break their voluntary contractual relationships in order to compel them into doing what they were already doing.  And those folks will then be held up as examples of how well the system is working. And we will be told that this is more efficient and effective.

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2 Responses to “Predicting the Lie of Obamacare Succes”

  1. Not to spam but this is the industry I work in during my mild mannered real life so here’s my take on it. Not that I don’t agree with everything you said.

  2. Kody says:

    Brian – aka B.O., aka Goober PyleSo, Goober, you are calling me Gomer Pyle ( thnaks Terry for helping Goober through his spelling issues). Gomer Pyle was a fictional character who served in the United States Marine Corp. I don’t know about you, but I know many Marines and I am proud to have served with them. Aside from our Special Forces, the United States Marines are this country’s finest fighting men and women.Now Goober, you may think that Gomer was stupid. But you should do your research before striking out in frustration. Gomer Pyle had an extremely stupid and ignorant cousin who did not serve in the USMC or any other branch of the service. Can you guess his name, Goober?Here, I’ll cease your frustration, Goober. His name was – are you sitting down, Goober? – Goober Pyle.Now let’s review your next ignorant self-absorbed blow-hard statement.You have blogged several time, and I quote once again: “First, Not one military jet or otherwise fly’s without me putting together the hardware and making them work so ..!!”B.O., are you really serious about that statement? Every military jet is grounded unless “YOU” are putting together the hardware and making them work.Are you that delusional, arrogant and ignorant? Your statement is that the entire free world is dependent upon B.O. doing a little bit of welding.WOW!! News flash … you are just a welder on an assembly line (again as stated in previous blogs, a noble job). If you don’t show up for work – vacation, sick, getting fired, etc. – someone else steps in and does your job. And when you retire, production will not miss a beat. As matter of fact, it might run more efficiently and effectively. No country or company is going to base its survival on one person no matter whom that person is. I hate to burst your bubble, B.O., but you aren’t that important to those flying jets in the military. Unless of course, you screw up and do a bad job and end up killing aircrew.So tell me, B.O., is there a reason you want me and everyone else on this blog to know that you are home every night at 4? Are you inviting us over for drinks or a welding class?And that is an interesting time to get home every day. Given that you are an hourly worker, it means that you get off at 3:00 or 3:30 every afternoon. Consequently, it means that you start at 7:00 am or every morning, assuming that you get a 30 minute lunchBy now you are totally confused as to where this is headed. An examination of your blogs on various topics that Ted has posted reveals that you are doing much of your blogging while you are “on the clock.”Two questions: (1) Does your employer know of and approve this waste of your hourly wages on their time? and (2) Are you in training to become a federal, state, county or municipal SEIU employee?

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