Young Obama Supporters take a Knee to the Crotch under Obamacare

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 26th, 2013

Week in Review

First it was the government shutdown.  Then it was the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website.  Both diversions to a bigger tragedy lurking beneath the surface of their rosy predictions of how great Obamacare was going to be.  The truth of how bad Obamacare already is (see Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out by Chad Terhune posted 10/26/2013 on the Los Angeles Times).

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see.

These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.

Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama’s signature legislation.

“This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act…”

Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'” Kehaly said.

Nearly 2 million Californians have individual insurance, and several hundred thousand of them are losing their health plans in a matter of weeks…

A number of factors are driving up rates. In a report this year, consultants hired by the state said the influx of sicker patients as a result of guaranteed coverage was the biggest single reason for higher premiums. Bob Cosway, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman Inc. in San Diego, estimated that the average individual premium in 2014 will rise 27% because of that difference alone.

Individual policies must also cover a higher percentage of overall medical costs and include 10 “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and mental health services. The aim is to fill gaps in coverage and provide consumers more peace of mind. But those expanded benefits have to be paid for with higher premiums…

“It has the effect of benefiting people in their 50s and 60s and shifting costs to people in their 20s and 30s,” said Patrick Johnston, president of the California Assn. of Health Plans. “Benefits are being increased for all, but it’s not government subsidies for all. Some will pay more.”

Do you have a strange feeling of déjà vu?  I do.  That feeling of already experiencing this before.  But where?  Hmmm.  Oh yes.  Now I remember.  This is exactly what the Republican opposition had warned us about since the Democrats first brought forth the Affordable Care Act.  Guess the Republicans were telling the truth all along.  While the Democrats were lying through their teeth. 

Guess we CAN’T keep the insurance we like after all. 

It is ironic that the people who are some of the biggest Obama supporters, the young people, will get hurt the most under the Affordable Care Act.  Just so the people they’re rebelling against, those stuffy uptight old folks from their parents’ generation, benefit the most.  Imagine that.  The thanks they get for being so supportive of the president is to pay the health care bill of their parents’ generation.  All in the name of fairness. 

What the young must feel reminds me of an episode of SNL with Michael Myers’ Sprockets featuring Germany’s most Disturbing Home Videos.  In particular the home video titled Kicked in the Testicles.  Where the pain is so intense the man must vomit.  That must be how the young supporters of President Obama feel now.

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