Being an old Sales Guy, I’m particularly aware of any time someone is trying to “sell” me on anything.
Sales pitches in and of themselves are completely fine. My issue is with scammers, preying on people with pitches which are plainly, blatantly dishonest. So when I hear how a product will cure all of what ails me, while it simultaneously cleans my toilets and saves me gobs of cash, my sales-specific Spidey Sense kicks into overdrive.
Which is no doubt why I was immediately suspicious of the superlatives and proclamations accompanying the push to enact Obamacare originally. It was as if this one law was somehow a magical Nautilus machine, Viagra, and Hair Club For Men all rolled into one. And to reap the rewards of this wondrous, Unicorn-fueled legislation, all I had to do was repeat the words “Yes, We Can!!” over and over to myself, while trying very hard to not question how it’d all work.
Of course, since I’m geared (by both training and DNA) to always suspect the worst of overzealous promises, the now-obvious reality of Obamacare didn’t come as much of a shock to me.
But that’s not stopping these ZeroCare hucksters from continuing to inundate us with fantastical visions of a coming Health Care Utopia:
So, we should “drive people to take a look at what’s on the website, for them to look at what the options are, and see how much of a subsidy they’re gonna get“, eh?
Okay, fine. Let’s do that:
…An estimated 800,000 people visited the new and improved www.healthcare.gov Monday to shop for affordable health insurance.
But what one Akron woman got was a bad case of sticker shock.
“I thought it was supposed to help us,” Liz Binns said in frustration. “I can’t afford it. I cannot afford it.“
Binns had been trying to navigate the government’s health care website since October to find affordable insurance for her husband, a 60-year-old who has a pre-existing condition and whose job doesn’t offer coverage.
What she finally found for him Monday carries a premium of more than $400 a month and a $5,000 annual deductible.
“How can I pay this kind of money out?” she asked. “It’s going to take at least a second job and praying that I would make enough on a second job just to pay for this health insurance…”
Somehow, I doubt that Barack will be inviting Liz Binns to stand behind him at his next Obamacare Pep Rally. Call it a hunch.
On the other side of the Health Care spectrum, we have this gentleman in the video below, who simply LOVES his new Awesomely-Awesome Obamacare Coverage & Lower Rates©…
Whoops! My bad.
Ya’ know, if the Democrats thought “driving people to the website” was somehow gonna be a point in their favor, they may wish to re-examine that strategy.
There was no way that this law was ever going to work. Yes, I’m sure that some folks will be better off: the law of averages predicts that SOMEONE likely has to benefit, after all. And certainly the folks who now qualify for Medicaid are probably ecstatic with their new, “free” coverage.
But there are going to be millions of examples just like Liz Binns and her husband, who optimistically (or naïvely; take your pick) viewed Obamacare as a panacea, and who’ll be bitterly disappointed when they learn the truth.
There was only one thing that the hilariously named Affordable Health Care Act was guaranteed to do, and that was redistribute health “coverage” (and not health CARE) by taking money from one section of the population and awarding it to others.
Even Huffington Post writers are admitting as much:
“Very much a Redistributionist Law…“, hmmm?
Yeah, I don’t recall that being the exact sales pitch that I heard.