This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 22nd, 2013:
A government bureaucrat who used to work for the Obama administration and now holds down a job at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Karen Pollitz, explained why there is so much pain being inflicted with the imposition of Obamacare onto the backs of the citizenry:
I’m agreeing to pay your costs when you get sick, and you’re agreeing to pay my costs when I get sick, and you never see the transaction….
What people can see, tangibly [today], is how much money they’re [being force to spend] on premiums….
I think it’s hard in the face of that….
Did she really think this would happen without “pain”? Did she think that Obamacare could be inflicted without anyone noticing not only that it is a monstrosity but that it is hugely, almost inconceivably, expensive? Did she not know that every medical plan currently in place would eventually have to be replaced? Didn’t she know that some people would resist her efforts to install her utopian world where everyone would happily “agree to pay” her medical costs?
There is, of course, no such “agreement.” Obamacare is being inflicted by mandates enforced at the point of a gun. Why else is the Internal Revenue Service being employed as enforcers?
The pain is just beginning. The roars of frustration and disapproval from those estimated 4½ million who are getting termination notices from their insurance companies are just the beginning. On Wednesday, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released a study estimating that upwards of another 100 million citizens will have their group health coverage cancelled as well. Those notices will be going out next year, some say just in time for the November elections.
Many group plans took advantage of what Aetna calls the “off-cycle” loophole some bright attorney found in Obamacare that allowed group plans to be renewed before the end of 2013. This would delay the inevitable: termination notices that the plans were no longer “in compliance” and would be cancelled, along with the inevitable higher premiums that must be charged under the new mandated coverage.
This is going to be painful for small business owners. Companies with fewer than 50 employees aren’t required to provide health coverage for them, but if they do, they must meet the expanded “high-tier” benefits required by Obamacare. AEI’s resident scholar feels sorry for those business owners:
The impact I’m mostly worried about is on small, young, entrepreneurial firms that will suddenly face much higher health insurance premiums if they want to offer health insurance to their employees.
I think for a lot of [those] business … they [will] just send their employees to the exchanges, or offer them a subsidy every month to buy health insurance for themselves.
Precisely. That’s the plan. That’s been the plan all along. Obamacare is another giant step towards a single-payer healthcare system that eliminates all existing insurance plans and insurance companies, and replaces them with the US Treasury, whose funds will be doled out according to the diktats of government bureaucrats in charge of managing it.
John Harris and David Nather, writing at Politico, put it very well:
[This is] a nasty transition for people who are in it now, but it’s a one-year change. Then everyone will be in a new pool, it’ll be more people, it will have stabilizing forces, and it won’t be able to throw you out….
[Obamacare] is, in many respects, a classic social welfare program. Like other social programs, it involves transferring from the haves to the have-nots. Healthy people are going to have to pay to help sick people get coverage. People who had skimpy coverage before … will have to upgrade to insurance that covers more things, but it costs more. And young people will have to pay [more] so older people don’t face sky-high premiums.
This is all according to plan. George Orwell saw it coming: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” That’s why premiums for older people can’t exceed premiums for younger people by a factor of three, regardless of (and ignoring) the fact that oldsters use medical services far more often than youngsters. But that doesn’t matter. Obamacare is a faith, an ideology, a foundational principle for a “fair and equal” society.
In sum, Obamacare perfectly represents the totalitarian principle often attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin but more accurately ascribed to the French revolutionary Maximilian Robespierre: “On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs” – one cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Americans for a long time have been living in a dreamland where they have believed the promises of a lying president who said that they could enjoy all the benefits of a better healthcare system without pain or suffering. They thought they’d be able to keep their own eggs, and let someone else pay for Obamacare. Those days of disillusionment and innocence and naiveté are rapidly coming to an end.
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George Orwell, in Animal Farm: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.