As the sticker shock for Obamacare hits the hordes of people who voted for the president, it is hard to contain the schadenfreude. One way to rein in those feelings and get some perspective is to realize that all Americans will eventually feel the pain of the Affordable Care Act (soon to be referred to as the Not-so Affordable Care Act).

The Los Angeles Times swallows its pride and reports:

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see. …

Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.

Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don’t qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.

“It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.” …

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.

Nearly 2 million Californians have individual insurance, and several hundred thousand of them are losing their health plans in a matter of weeks.

If the vast majority of Americans had health insurance years ago — and they were happy with it — why did the federal government have to ostensibly take over 1/6 of the U.S. economy and reinvent the health care wheel? Answer: it didn’t.

Years ago I didn’t have health insurance through my employer and had to buy it on my own. Why couldn’t the tax code be reformed so individuals who have to pay out of pocket get the same sort of tax relief that employees getting health care through their workplace receive? Why couldn’t health care be reformed so that people who leave a job aren’t automatically dumped from their coverage? If health insurance isn’t portable, why didn’t Congress hone in on that?

Instead of breaking down the health care conundrum down into smaller manageable pieces, Congress created a monster bill that was so vague it required Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to defend it as follows: “[W]e have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”

So Nancy Pelosi didn’t know what was in the bill, and her constituents were like the woman who recently wrote to Anthem Blue Cross in California: “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it.”

Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.

[M]any are frustrated at being forced to give up the plans they have now. They frequently cite assurances given by Obama that Americans could hold on to their health insurance despite the massive overhaul.

“All we’ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it,” said Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in Westchester. “I’m infuriated because I was lied to.”

Yes, you were lied to. How does it feel?

To recap:

  • Congress passed a bill that turned over vasts amounts of power to the federal government.
  • Its members were ignorant of the specifics.
  • Voters were led to believe someone else would pay for it.
  • Voters were told  that they could keep their policies if they liked them.
  • Voters are now finding out that they are paying for it and that the policies they’re happy with are not safe at all.
  • Voters are now being told that the individuals who predicted all of this from day one are “extremists” who should not be listened to.

Feeling sick to your stomach, California? Good. You should. I suggest taking Economics 101 and then doing something about it.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

19 comments

    1. “I suggest taking Economics 101 …” That is precisely what Benjamin Franklin proposed — for all Americans, male and female. Two courses that I believe should be required of all students: Economics and Logic. Imagine how different the USA would be today. Of course, too many Americans today could not pass those two courses.

  1. Well, it’s one way for them to pay back the insane 350 – 400 million, they paid to develop the Health Care dot Gov website. The law is as messy as cleaning up the Spider-Man/ Doc Ock mess.

  2. Well gee whiz golly wow, Captain Obvious. Did we not know all of this years ago, warned people then and now it’s happened.

    The question is: how do you remove a corrupt, incompetent and criminal administration and its minions.

    We’ve seen that elections won’t do it.

    Perhaps if conservatives would take that extra hundred dollars they were going to spend on that new rifle scope or a box of ammo, or a gym subscription and use it to buy cbs stock we could retake the media and use it to our advantage the way the Liberals have done in order to change minds and force a change.

    NRA has 4 million members. Times that by a 100 dollar donation and voila — 400 million dollars that could be leveraged through capital to a billion or more. Make it a 500 dollar donation and do the math.

    Instead of blowing millions on robocalls, direct mail, and tv time trying to field an unelectable republican, we need to spend that money on media acquisition.

  3. B-b-b-b-b-but Obama PROMISED that we could keep our doctor and insurance if we wanted! And that costs would go DOWN! W-w-w-w-w-what happened????

    1. The good news is: We all get PTSD from dealing with the website, file for permanent disability bennies due to a torso injury, and take the rest of our lives off. Hooray Obamacare!

    2. Who did these rabid Obama supporters think would be paying for it? Did they think that the money to pay for Obamacare would magically appear out of nowhere? Did they think it would be “free?” Hint: nothing is free. Someone is footing the bill. Nope, the taxpayers are paying for it, as conservatives have been saying all along. I predicted all of this would happen back when it was originally being proposed and also when it was passed in 2010. I was called an “extremist,” a “racist,” and was told that I “didn’t care for poor people and want them to die, because you have no empathy or compassion or understanding” (that last gem is from my sister, during the election last year). But it turns out I was right. Obamacare is a clusterf*** of major proportions.

    3. Hey Carl, what does your sister do exactly? Has she been hit by Obamacare yet in what she does?

      Also, yes or no, Carl (not Doug, just in case he gets confused again. :D): do you want to collaborate. If no, I’ll back off and stop asking you, but I just seriously want a clear and concrete answer.

    4. To answer your questions: I prefer, for the time being, to work alone on my various projects. I’m open to bouncing ideas off people from time to time, but I kind of like being in control. If I change my mind, you’ll be the first person I contact.

      And my sister, “intellectual” that she is…. works at a convenience store and spends most of her free time doing illegal crap (drugs, namely smoking pot) with her boyfriend at their dumpy apartment. And I don’t know if she’s hit by Obamacare… don’t even know if she has insurance anymore.

    5. Thank you Carl. Gee, was that so time consuming and complex a thought? 😛

      Ah. That explains it.

    1. I don’t think he’ll ever learn his lesson. Trolls rarely do. I’ll never forget that comment where he told me that he wished I never procreated because I was against abortion and his comment calling people of this country “bottom feeders sucking down corporate cash.” That was one of the more disgusting anti-American statements i have ever read.

    2. It’s the accumulation of comments like that, Carl, that have made me finally say “enough.” I’m done with it. A person can’t poison the well and then ask why the water tastes funny. If another comment shows up like the “procreation” one you mentioned, it will be deleted.

  4. Speaking of leftist super states, how did the Soviet Union survive as a Socialist country for 70 years?

  5. What a mess. Why didn’t Obama implement a nationwide tax-funded healthcare system. If you apply public health principles, universal healthcare actually may become affordable, especially for a country like the US. Private health and insurance should obey the principles of a free market and the quality/complexity of health will be available according to what you pay on a monthly basis. Obamacare is really messy, I wonder if it can be stopped, aren’t there any legal ways to stop an incredible government blunder?

    1. There are no legal ways, as a tax congress essentially has unrestrained ability to tax us. The only remedy is political, congress passing a new law that invalidates the old one.

  6. It is funny how the people that wanted it so badly want nothing to do with it when they have to pay for it. It seems that people do not make the connection that nothing is free and the money has to come from somewhere. The mentality is I want it as long as someone else pays for it. This mentality does not breed success it breeds failure.

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