Some more pure schadenfreude for you on the ObamaCare front. Contributor at The Frying Pan and all around good liberal Matthew Fleischer had a guest post on the Los Angeles Times website on Tuesday bemoaning the fact that he lost his health insurance, and the new policy permitted under the law will raise his premium from $50 a month to $214. My apathy toward his plight is underwhelming.
Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.
Of course you didn’t, Matthew. When you gazed with awe and wonder upon your Savior as he spoke of fair shares and everybody having to sacrifice, you never thought for a moment that you might be the one on the losing end of this deal. Well, guess what? You bought it, you own it.
Supporters of Obamacare note that young people have been footing the bill for the older generation for decades through programs like Social Security and Medicare. You pay when you’re young and reap the benefits as you grow older.
Keep telling yourself that, Matthew. We’re about the same age, and if I ever get to retire Social Security isn’t part of my calculation. I’d suggest thinking along the same lines.
Both of those programs, however, are public, with no profit motive. They are both funded by payroll taxes, which, when I see them deducted every month, I don’t have to worry about them being funneled to the pockets of greedy insurance CEOs through creative accounting measures.
Government officials never act in their own self interest? Both of those programs are slush funds that politicians use to pay off cronies, like the unions that you love so much. Who, by the way, were some of ObamaCare’s most vocal backers before they realized that it was going to screw their members. Cute use of the Occupy rhetoric, though.
[Blah blah occupy blah blah 1% blah blah me.]
When Obamacare comes fully online, it will do wonders to provide healthcare for people who were not eligible for Medicaid but still could not afford health insurance. If this system is going to be sustainable, however, we’re going to need to find a way to get older and wealthier Americans to chip in more. Because, right now, it’s young, middle-class people just outside the subsidy range who are biting the bullet. Young, middle-class people who already bore the highest toll in the recent financial collapse, who have seen our wages sliced and our job prospects dwindle.
You can only ride our backs for so long before we’re going to tell you enough is enough.
Matthew, where is your compassion? You talk about how wonderful ObamaCare is, yet you aren’t willing to contribute to the perfect society that you so obviously desire. One might almost get the impression that you only believe this stuff because it’s hip and makes you feel good about yourself. Like you’re trying to impress a bunch of trendy Southern California progressives without actually walking the walk. You’re better than that, aren’t you?
Boxer, you’re going to have to work harder. It’s your time to pay your fair share.