Boxer, who had now had time to think things over, voiced the general feeling by saying: “If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right.”
-George Orwell, Animal Farm
I’m about to overdose on schadenfreude.
One of the most insidious things about the Obama presidency – and I’m nowhere near the first person to say this – is the childlike wonder and near religious devotion that Barack Obama inspires in some of his supporters. Conservatives admire Ronald Reagan. Liberals admire Bill Clinton. Obama is something different. Even when people’s own self interest is directly harmed by his policies, the faithful soldier on.
San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.
The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been paying $550 a month for their health coverage — a plan that offers solid coverage, not one of the skimpy plans Obama has criticized. But recently, Kaiser informed them the plan would be canceled at the end of the year because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Naturally, the cost of Kaiser’s replacement plan more than doubles the current premiums that the couple pays, with the added benefits of “[a] higher deductible ($4,500), a higher out-of-pocket maximum ($6,350), higher hospital costs (40 percent of the cost) and possibly higher costs for doctor visits and drugs.” Also, naturally, the couple earns too much money to qualify for subsidies under the law. So what do Hammack and Brothers have to say about this? In a letter to Nancy Pelosi (D-Mars,) they wrote,
We believe that the Act is good for health care, the economy, & the future of our nation. However, ACA options for middle income individuals ages 59 & 60 are unaffordable. We’re learning that many others are similarly affected. In that spirit we ask that you fix this, for all of our sakes.
I think that what’s happening here is that supporters of ObamaCare thought that there was no way the law would actually harm them personally, so they think that all of this is some weird oversight that Obama can fix by waving his magic wand, fashioned from the horn of a free-range unicorn. They will never believe that the law was actually stacked against them in a redistribution scheme, and that Obama relies on true believers like them to pull of his scam.
You’re not working hard enough, Boxer.