by: Chris Banescu
It’s finally dawning on liberals, leftists, and progressives that conservatives were telling the truth when they warned about the fundamental problems and dangers of The ‘Affordable’ Care Act (ObamaCare). As reported in the San Jose Mercury News, reality came knocking for Obama voters and ObamaCare supporters last week. And many of them wish they had not answered the door.
Big believers in ObamaCare are experiencing sticker shock. These folks voted not once, but twice for President Obama. They believed the propaganda that ObamaCare will lower prices and the people will keep their existing plans. They’re now seeing that Obama lied.
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.
Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.
The former laughter and ridicule heaped at the GOP has turned to silence. It turns out that Republicans were right after all. They tried doing the right thing for all the American people, despite being demonized and viciously attacked.
“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.”
As Winston Churchill so wisely observed, “socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Maybe, just maybe, some Democrats will now see that ObamaCare is a disaster and was designed to fail. It’s a Trojan Horse meant to destroy the private health insurance market and force America into a socialist, government single-payer system. Yes, the same model that always brings worse quality of care, less choices, soaring costs, and rationing of care for everyone. As so many other countries have learned, when it comes to socialized medicine there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Chris Banescu regularly blogs at www.chrisbanescu.com and www.orthodoxnet.com/blog.
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