Did you hear about this? I heard that in addition to the “Death Panels” Obamacare also has “Birth Panels” where if you don’t fill out your paperwork by Jan 1, 2014 the IRS will come to your house (They KNOW where you live) and eat your baby.
It’s in the law! I mean, I HEARD it was in the law. Did you know that thing is over 6,000 pages long? Who could possibly know what it does? What we DO know is that it is EVIL and MUST be repealed. My sister is a waitress, and her boss told her that because of Obamacare giving away free birth control and cell phones that her hours were going to be cut. Now she has to give $5 handjobs behind the dumpster at the Ponderosa so some unwed mother with three “baby daddys” has access to “life saving cancer medicine” for one of her bastard children.
Now MY story:
I’m in my early 30’s, self employed, and I purchase my own health insurance through Health America. My premiums have gone up from $219 a month in 2009 to $342 a month right now. That is a 64% increase in my premiums. I’m healthy, (beer gut aside) have no pre-existing conditions, and still have my boyish good looks and charm. In short – I am EXACTLY the kind of person that needs to sign up for the healthcare exchanges to make the Affordable Care Act work.
If you know me, you know that I deal in facts and reality when it comes to politics. When I read about economics, I don’t listen to Paul Ryan, I listen to guys who just won the Nobel Prize for Economics. No agenda, just facts, and FACTS MATTER.
So I signed up at Healthcare.gov (I mean, eventually I did, since the website and rollout of the exchanges has been, in scientific terms, a “clusterfuck”) and got MY eligibility results:
Wait… I thought premiums were skyrocketing, especially for young, healthy people? I went back through my paperwork, and then I remembered I got THIS because of Obamacare:
… That is a refund check from Health America that I got last year because they were overcharging me for my insurance, and due to the ACA, were required to spend my money on actual… you know… health care. Also, because I don’t make more than 400% of the Federal Poverty level, I will get some tax credits and subsidies for my healthcare now.
Is Obamacare perfect? Of course not. Has its implementation gone smoothly? No, even liberal wonks like Ezra Klein have called it “a disaster.”
But here’s the thing: It’s millions of people getting to go see a doctor. It’s kids with cancer not being denied coverage. It’s poor people getting expanded Medicaid so they can afford to go to the doctor instead of the ER. It’s free preventative care for things like breast cancer screenings and physicals that will detect health issues earlier and save more money for treatment. Oh, it might save some lives, too.
So before you start talking about how the free market getting several million new customers is “government-run healthcare” or a “Socialist takeover” do yourself a favor and educate yourself a bit so you don’t look like a goof just spewing the talking points that you hear from Hannity, Rush, or your uncle who watches nothing but Fox News all day. You don’t have to sign up for Obamacare if you have employer-based coverage. Congress is not exempt from Obamacare. (They just have work-based insurance already, like most Americans do) The IRS isn’t hiring 20,000 people just to collect Obamacare taxes. Premiums will NOT skyrocket under Obamacare. Will they go up for some people? Sure. However, did you know that health insurance premiums rose, on average, about 131 percent from 2000-2009?
Do you think that rates will go up faster than that under Obamacare? If you do, you aren’t paying attention to reality, or what the Affordable Care Act has already done to slow the insane inflation related to the cost of insurance in America.
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Facts matter, and they should continue to matter if we make sure the conversation is about ways to ensure that more Americans get access to affordable health care instead of how we can repeal or deny them treatment. Make your leaders focus on ways to improve things, not destroy them. Oh, and stop playing Grand Theft Auto 5 long enough to at least get a quote from Healthcare.gov. You might be surprised.
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–Sean Kemmerer is a freelance writer, administrator of Politics Without The Crazy Pills , and spent last weekend chumming it up with Senator Rick Santorum.