22 October 2013

"Affordable" Care Act?

Thousands beg to differ.  Most vociferously.

Over the last 24 hours, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of emails. What you’ll read in this post represents a portion of them. I’m only one guy (with a fulltime job and twins) — I wasn’t able to go through every single message just yet. Some, I left out because the information was too specific and personal, to the extent that it would reveal the identity of the person who sent it. Some, I couldn’t include because they are simply (well written and accurate) editorials about Obamacare, but they don’t speak to the personal, physical impact of Obamacare on American families. Others, I just haven’t had a chance to read. I expect there will be a sequel to this post coming very soon. Thank you for your stories.

In the meantime, here are the tales of many, many, many real Americans. Share this with your friends. Every time some Statist nincompoop extols the virtues of Obamacare; every time they insist that the “Affordable Care Act” has done nothing but “help” low and middle income families; every time they babble incoherently about how Obamacare isn’t “perfect” but it’s still “better” than what we had before — show them this. Challenge them to read what is happening out there. This isn’t abstract. It isn’t academic. It isn’t a matter of ideology. It isn’t even an issue of constitutionality (although it’s that, also). This is about people. People with kids, and bills, and health problems. This is about people who can no longer afford their health coverage, their mortgages, their lifesaving medication. This is about doctors and nurses leaving medicine behind, driven away by destructive bureaucratic interference. This is about moms and dads losing their jobs so that their employers can compensate for the financial burden of Obamacare. This is about people without insurance because of Obamacare, now being fined for not having insurance because of Obamacare. This is about business owners driven to the edge of bankruptcy. This is real. We heard a lot of fantasies about what Obamacare was “supposed” to accomplish, now it’s time to talk about what it’s actually doing.

So when they say you are “heartless” for opposing Obamacare, show them why it’s heartless to support it.

They go on...and on...and on.  Insurance costs doubling, with a $3000 deductible raised to $10,000.  Doctors retiring or making plans to leave the country.  The elderly and retired, the young and struggling, being forced out of their insurance policies.  Have a barf bucket and a punching bag ready before you read these stories.

I remember the '80's, when HMOs were supposed to be the Great White Hope of healthcare.  "You can choose your doctor, your costs will go down, nothing's going to get worse and everything's going to get better."  LIES.  ALL LIES.

And you dumbasses fell for it...AGAIN.  Seriously, Obamanoids, WTF is wrong with you???  The whole thing was summed up by commenter Mike Magnus:

I think what gets lost in these back and forth arguments, lost by both sides, is that we do not have a free market healthcare/insurance system in America. Haven’t for a very long time. We have a centrally planned, government controlled healthcare system in America. Literally tens of thousands of mandates, regulations and taxes on the healthcare/insurance industry.

 Ever since the federal government took control of education, what has been the result? Increasingly expensive, declining results.

 Ever since the federal government passed and raised minimum wage laws to help the poor, what has been the result? Unemployment amongst the poor goes up and up and up.

 Ever since the federal government passed strict gin control laws in early 1900′s, what has been the result? Gun related crime skyrocketed.

 Nearly every major plan the government puts forward has serious, devastating unintended consequences. Healthcare policy is no different. For 40 years they have been imposing new mandates, taxing every aspect of the industry and regulating every decision anyone involved in healthcare makes. What has been the result? More and more people can not afford the government mandates, taxes and regulations. More and more people go without.

 And thousands of new mandates, taxes and regulations are the solution?

 When I read these comments on here I can’t help but think this main point, that government has controlled our healthcare system for 2 generations, isn’t even considered by most people.

Get it through your heads:  Government is not the solution; government is the problem.

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