What isn’t to love about Obamacare?
This is one of the great axioms of government. It is the reason why, no matter how bad, how complex, how dishonest, how generally damaging a government program is there are some (the Pauls) who will defend the program to the end. The “Pauls” are getting paid. (With someone else’s money.) They will say the sky is red. They will insist that water flows uphill. That, like in Orwell’s 1984 2+2=5.
Obamacare is of course a colossal case in point.
Uh oh. And the IRS WILL extract your penalty from your refund. So that’s nice. The tax collectors are already delaying refunds in what appears an effort to make sure they get everything Obamacare says is coming to the agency.
America, land of the free.
Remember, the House Republican leadership made sure there was funding for this debacle.
Of course the health care companies like Obamacare. THEY WROTE SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF IT. That was the deal with the “devil” Obama made. The Dems essentially gave the insurance industry (and other parts of the health care industry) a massive transfer of wealth from America’s middle class to their corporate bottom lines.
Lesson here is – get a lobbyist.
That’s nice. It sure is good to know that the crony deal of the century (so far) Obamacare, is working out for the giant insurance companies. I was worried for them.
I’m joking of course since the giant health insurance companies along with Big Pharma wrote a good piece of the law. A law which was not even supported by a majority of Americans but was forced through Congress on questionable procedural grounds. A law which has now financially addicted a good portion of the American people like it was designed to. Yep, good times for the health insurance companies.
One would have thought given how terrible the Obamacare rollout was that CGI (the company which designed the website for the program) would have been run out on a rail by this administration. Even despite the fact that one of CGI’s senior executives was Michelle Obama’s roommate at Princeton. Healthcare.gov was a cluster-you-know-what for the ages.
One would be wrong however.
So you buy your herpes medication online. So what? No big deal. Why would you want to keep that private? In this brave new online world the government and its partners just want to know everything they can about you. What’s wrong with that? They want to help you. And they always will.
Now why on earth would a big hospital trade group be pushing for an expansion of Medicaid in Texas?
Oh, that’s right. The big fat revenue stream of taxpayer dollars. That’s right. Silly me.
Word coming down the anecdotal (and now non-anecdotal) grapevine is that Obamacare is a developing nightmare. No one knows how it’s going to work in the long run, or the short run for that matter. There seems to be pain at every level. From the patients who have no idea what they are covered for, what a deductible is etc., to doctors who are increasingly just dropping out and retiring, things are not going well. Billing is more difficult. Compliance is more difficult. Margins are being squeezed. Quality of care is going down. All while liability risk is increasing. A bouillabaisse of dysfunction.
We have long railed against Obamacare as a vehicle of crony capitalism, as a cynical political play, as an unfair burden for small business, but stories like the one attached really put the situation into focus.