Obamacare: The Service Is Extended But The Bills Are Due Now…

ObamaCareThe “You can keep your doctor” joke for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went flat in a hurry; the “affordable” seems destined to be with us a while. Those old enough to care, noted that he popular and growing Medicare Advantage plans for seniors (the HMO part of Medicare) suffered billions in funding cuts to finance Obamacare.

Obamacare you recall, was about insuring the 20 million or 40 million who have been uninsured (depending upon whose numbers you choose). The newly insured involved have already refused or been unable to pay for that, so obviously, the rest of us will pay. In addition to paying for our own insurance, of course.

But that’s not all: The coverage we’ve all been paying for ourselves and our families is too parsimonious for our generous government; ACA coverage is more generous than we have been buying for ourselves. It covers birth control and abortion to the discomfort of the churches as we’ve been hearing. It includes sex changes and other currently politically fashionable goodies, too. All of which we have not been paying for and now, we will. Not necessarily for ourselves, but for those 20 or 40 million newly covered that haven’t been paying.

Obamacare then, is at bottom, a wealth transfer from those working to those who haven’t been willing to buy healthcare insurance. All know by now that it includes large tax increases of various sorts, to cover these newbies. Those of suspicious nature have noted the gradual changes in the Congressiional Budget Office estimates of Obamacare’s impact on the deficit, which have been growing recently. Some of the more Liberal have been denying that. Their denial is now more difficult; our local paper recently published an Associated Press story under the headline: “Medicare Advantage Plans May See Cuts.” The White House per the report, plans to carve still  more out of the seniors to cover the Obamacare deficit. Nobody commented. Well, a few Tea Party columnists commented by that’s as close as you can get these days, to nobody.

So, adding up the bits of information, Obamacare is a massive wealth transfer from the old folks who need medical care more than the rest of us, to those who have refused to buy insurance because they didn’t need or couldn’t afford it. Given the average ages of those uninsured, most likely didn’t need it. It hasn’t been cheap, even before Obamacare. And the really poor have had Medicaid all along.

The calculation seems simple; dump seniors whose votes the Dems probably haven’t been receiving anyway, in trade for younger folk whose votes are up for grabs. Never mind that there aren’t enough medical personnel to service all these new beneficiaries; they haven’t been big users anyway. Never mind that senior life expectancy may shrink; seniors aren’t economically productive. A brilliant move! (If they can figure out how to make it work.)

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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9 Responses to Obamacare: The Service Is Extended But The Bills Are Due Now…

  1. What happened to transparency ,honesty , ?Are they been replace by cheat and deception?

  2. Jodaph says:

    Good analysis. It’s hard to believe that Obamacare is law and we’re stuck with it. It’s not hard to believe that we keep unraveling more and more problems with it, nor is it difficult to believe that the majority of people in this country simply continue to ignore them. It seems as though we’re on a bus placed precariously over the edge of a steep cliff and people like Obama have convinced the majority of people to crowd the wrong end.

  3. James Teague says:

    While some didn’t think they needed to buy insurance some of the uninsured were that way because of their prior medical conditions making them too expensive for the insurance companies to write out a policy acceptable to both parties. However, ACA is a government takeover and a government tax increase that, as usual, provides less than it promised for more money. Twenty eight illegal (not approved in Congress) changes have been made so that the real impact and outrage will not surface until after 2014. The waste of funds has been staggering. Unsecured data will eventually surface in identity theft and voter fraud. Insurance companies will be paid based on their estimates of what is owed and will walk smiiling to the banks. Those who think this is free will leave their bills unpaid, for us to pick up. Doctors will op out or retire leaving more patients assigned to less personnel. Lower level medical personnel will be assigned to do higher level procedures. In hospital time will be reduced. Nurses and doctors will serve longer duty times, hopefully awake. If you have a loved one in the hospital, you will need to monitor the care, understand all procedures and intervene when you see something is not going right. How do we know this. Look at Canada, Cuba, Europe. May God help us.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Hmnn … Betcha God lets us stew in our own juice!

      • James Teague says:

        Did you see the one about the known Palestinian terrorist who worked for awhile in
        Chicago as an Obamacare Navigator? You’ve got to love the vetting process being used. Or maybe, there has been purposeful recruiting……

  4. It’s simply unbelievable that this piece of nonsense continues to stand. Already in my area it takes weeks to see a doctor. There simply aren’t enough healthcare providers to cover all the mostly, new Medicaid recipients. Those of us who don’t qualify for Medicaid have not bought insurance yet, because it is just as unaffordable, if not more so, than it was before the legislation.

  5. Jack Curtis says:

    Thinking about it, a crooked Obamacare navigator scares me less than the ones who made it into law in the first place.
    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see anyone but Teafolk who seem interested in repeal. The national Governor’s group just said it’s here to stay…

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