Welp, today’s the day
SCROTUM SCOTUS will hand down their ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which, incidentally, I haven’t been able to afford since the nearly 50% increase in my single pay premiums in a state where single pay means four figures a month for one person, not including copays and deductables.
The first hefty increase came shortly before the ACA was passed, in ‘anticipation”. The second increase came the following January. It’s nice that I saved somebody else, because I got shafted, which makes it a zero sum game. The thing is, nobody ever asked me if I was willing to die to save somebody else. Nope. Nobody asked me. I can tell you without blinking I would have said No. I have paid a hefty six figures in Single Pay health insurance premiums in the past decade–all for the pleasure of a yearly checkup, one hairline break in a foot, and $12 worth of pills monthly, with a $10 copay - and if I get sick today, I am screwed, because I can’t afford those premiums any longer and now have the world’s shitiest health insurance. And I am pretty sure that the person who got insurance because of my unaffordable premium hikes doesn’t give one small shit about me. I am officially “Shovel Ready”.
If I know several people who had to drop their Single-Pay insurance because of this so-called reform, how many people do you think had to drop Single-Pay insurance around the country? While you’re at it, toss in all the seniors who got Drop Dead letters from doctors, particularly specialists, telling them they no longer accept Medicare, due to the horrific paltry payments to doctors from Medicare, a direct result of stealing $500 Billion from Medicare for the Affordable Care Act. Please do not assume these seniors are all rich, because the average Social Security yearly total is less than $14,000 in the USA. This means these people are dead thanks to the ACA. So you think they’re old? Well then, I suggest you plan to die young, pissants, because that’s the only way you won’t get old. Make no mistake, if you live, you will be old. Not only that, but chances are good you won’t be rich - and if you think George Bush is the only guy responsible for this fact, then you are dumber and more delusional than I thought. So, good luck with that.
In summary, while this administration is great at telling you how many people are now insured because of the ACA, there are crickets when you ask how many people had to DROP insurance or lost their doctor’s care because of the ACA. When did it become all right to decide that people who payed for their own insurance for years — with money they earned by working even when they didn’t want to – should be priced out of the market and die if they get sick, so someone else can be insured? And when did it become moral to tell seniors to eat shit and die, taking their medicare cards with them? I would like to know an answer to this. This is one more reason why the Obama administration’s anecdotal stories are few and far between. This plan could have been the reform that America needed badly. It could have yielded a Single Pay plan where everyone gets the HUGE group rate. Instead this plan is nothing but a boon for Insurers and a poke in the eye for Americans, and I’m being kind.
So to be perfectly honest, and as you can imagine, I don’t give a crap what happens today. It’s all been a big giveaway for the health insurance and pharmaceutical sales industries anyways. Anybody with a brain knows it’s a con and was meant to be a con. Who the hell do these people think they are kidding? This isn’t affordable health care at all, and it certainly is not what Hillary would have done, because she knows how to work with both sides of the aisle, has some brains and experience, would spit in the health care industry’s face for what they pulled back when she tried reform, and because she is very knowledgable of how the vampires in the Insurance Industry work. It’s not as if she didn’t warn everybody.
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that $2500 in yearly premiums Barack swore he was going to save me. Just one more promise he didn’t keep like all the other ones he didn’t keep. Goddamned liar. The idea of health care reform is ruined for the next 20 years, minimum. Plus, just to make it taste even better, he gave us his Stupak Executive Order besides. Yet, nobody could tell me where I could get MY waiver, like the big unions that pimped this plan got the minute it was passed.
What a stick up the ass of the USA this guy turned out to be.
Anyways, even if the ACA goes down today, I’m sure the health insurers won’t be lowering premiums. It’s kind of like when a government imposes a temporary tax. It’s NEVER temporary. In addition, after the BS dog and pony show about it, the Health Insurance Industry still has an anti-trust law exemption, which means they can continue to control regions, lock out more competitors, and price-fix. This bill is a snowball in the Summertime. Melts right in your hand.
Let the chips fall where they may. Regardless of what happens today, I am sure we will see plenty of these: