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.
Oh man. The low-informations/apathetics are going to be getting smacked into reality so many times over this, it’s going to end up being a “battered syndrome” of some kind. I’m only half-joking. Just read where polls are already suggesting that women in California are becoming increasingly angry with Obamacare and they haven’t even had their first check up under it yet. Just wait until they have to actually start USING Obamacare for themselves. Still think that college professor was “so enlightened??” Oh and what was it he said about the Republicans’ “war on women?”
Low information government officials is more accurate these days. The proletariat is hopefully catching on.
Yall say what ya want to…I’m so excited. I’m now insured to give birth to a baby, my glorious premiums are double (Hooray, that’s exciting) and praise the Lord, I now have much higher copays (exactly what I needed)
I can think of no greater joy than to give even more of my hard earned monies to insurance companies. Oh and I forgot to include the added benefit of losing my personal information to hackers if I dare to go on the highly unsecured healthcare.gov website.
HOORAY FOR COMMUNISM. 😡
Obama’s America is just a wide-open, cornucopia of opportunity, ain’t it Slayer?
Obamacare: the gift that keeps on giving….
INSIDIOUS: in·sid·i·ous /inˈsidēəs/ adjective
Defined: proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.
Well…in the case of Obamacare, maybe NOT so “subtle”, but insidious none the less.
There’s only ONE reason someone continues to push something that is SUCH an UNMITIGATED disaster, and that can only be that there is a much more nefarious ending to all of this that is planned and purposeful.
Congrats to all of you “Hopey-Changey” folks who voted for this man. He has kept at least ONE of his campaign promises: America IS being fundamentally transformed. Although I’m not sure that the end product will resemble the America that has served as a beacon of freedom and opportunity for over 2 centuries.
WELL DONE, Mr. President! Well done!
I’m still waiting to hear what my dear brother in law will need to pay. He may never tell me.
He has a chronic cancer and had hopes that he will be able to get insurance since it won’t keep out those with pre-existing conditions. Me thinks his premium and copay and deductibles will be prohibitive. (He supported Obama).