Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Yes, You Are Clueless

Small Dead Animals has links to a couple of news stories, one from the October 5, 2013 San Jose Mercury-News, the other from the October 8, 2013 Charlotte (N.C.) Observer about the startling -- and in some cases, deinsuring -- costs of post-Obamacare individual health insurance.  Both articles are very sobering, but the one from the San Jose Mercury-News is one of those reminders of what happens when technically smart people let their natural far left tendencies carry them away:
Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.
Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.
Waschura is a self-employed engineer, but has now discovered that coverage for his family of four is going up by $10,000 per year.  No, not to $10,000 per year -- increasing by that much:
"I was laughing at Boehner -- until the mail came today,"
Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.
"I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy." 
The liberal delusion punchline from Vinson is this:
"Of course, I want people to have health care," Vinson said. "I just didn't realize I would be the
one who was going to pay for it personally." 
She probably thought all the billionaires who backed Obama were going to pay for it.


  1. Clayton, is this socialized health care at all? It doesn't seem like what I know of Canada's system, or England's. This seems like socialized insurance, nothing else. And even that isn't quite right. It is simply a law that says everyone must buy insurance, and it is hardly surprising that prices are going up.

  2. No, it is closer to fascism than socialism. Even single payer health insurance would make more sense than this mess, because single payer would be obviously the government's screwup.