Much attention is being grabbed by ProPublica’s article about a pair of dyed-in-the-wool Obama supporters, self-described San Francisco “cradle Democrats” who donated to Obama’s political organization and worked phone banks for his re-election, losing their insurance to ObamaCare. Presumably their liberal bona fides are so secure that their story must be taken seriously, and it lines up perfectly with the millions of stories Democrats have been struggling mightily to ignore:
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. The couple would need to find another one. The cost would be around double what they pay now, but the benefits would be worse.
“From all of the sob stories I’ve heard and read, ours is the most extreme,” Lee told me in an email last week.
Let us once again pause to remember that Barack Obama did not once, ever, say that you’d be able to keep your plan if he liked it. He never said that millions of Americans would lose their “skimpy” plans. He said no one would lose their plan, period. He said it over and over again, lie after lie after lie, knowing all the while that it wasn’t true.
In any event, ProPublica confirmed that this couple’s old plan was swell, but it’s dead now, and they’ll now be forced to pay much more for coverage that includes “a higher deductible, a higher out-of-pocket maximum, higher hospital costs, and possibly higher costs for doctor visits and drugs.” They don’t qualify for taxpayer subsidies, although in a sad and horrifying commentary on the melancholy New Normal of Obama’s America, they’re thinking about earning less money so they can qualify for ObamaCare subsidies.
We restructured our entire health care system to service a pool of uninsured that never numbered more than 16 million at most, and it was sold to us with extensive use of human props and sob-story anecdotes. But now we’re looking at far more than 16 million people losing their insurance policies, once the employer side of this nightmare kicks in, and it’s all waved off as acceptable losses, with the anecdotes dismissed as meaningless until they come from people with rock-solid Democrat Party credentials.
Like another Obama supporter who infamously wailed that she approved of the President’s intentions, but didn’t think she personally would be required to pay for them, the ProPublica couple is stunned to find themselves on the wrong end of a gigantic wealth redistribution scheme, which will tax the dickens out of healthy people to pay for the benefits it plans to shower upon others.
That’s really all ObamaCare is, when you get right down to it: a massive tax increase on the middle class. It’s just disguised as a third-party pass-through tax, collected by insurance companies instead of the IRS. (Or you can opt for the much cheaper route of letting the IRS tax you for not buying one of these overpriced policies – something that used to be an American right in the much freer nation that existed before Obama took office, but is now a privilege you have to pay hard cash to exercise.) The Left has gotten awfully good at hiding taxes from the proletariat, which will be a useful skill in the times to come, as it becomes increasingly difficult to pretend that the socialist agenda can be funded by looting the Evil Rich of their ill-gotten pocket change.