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Editorial: Obamacare: One day, the piper will have to be paid
About politics and other thingsSeptember 25, 2013 | 1,378 views | 3 comments
“Under Obamacare, millions of Americans will pay less than $100 per month for health insurance.”
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but this was the headline on one of many, many press releases sent out by liberal advocacy groups, such as Americans United For Change and Protect Your Care. These organizations are spending big money trying to convince us that Obamacare is the greatest thing since apple pie.
“Navigators” have been trained and are employed to advocate for Obamacare, and to help people sort through the maze of regulations in order to sign up. On its website, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the availability of up to $54 million to fund navigators in the insurance marketplaces. Marketplaces are required to establish such programs to help consumers understand new coverage options and requirements, and to find plans best suited to their needs.
Progressives all over the country are pulling out all the stops to get voters to support the Obama-Pelosi-Reid efforts to implement portions of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). They are angry at conservative efforts to “destroy Medicare and Medicaid in favor of tax breaks for billionaires.”
How many times have we heard Obama-Pelosi-Reid refer to “millionaires and billionaires” in order to create class envy? Such references only serve to create resentment toward “the rich.” Lost in such references is the fact that it is the millionaires and billionaires who provide jobs for the rest of us. When was the last time a poor person hired you to do a job?
Another problem with such references is that Congress and the administration never are included, as if there were no such rich among them. Our president, who has taken globe-trotting to a new level, never includes himself in any of these references. He and the rest of his elite Hollywood friends are excluded from the negative connotations of being millionaires and billionaires. The negativity apparently only applies to those in business, such as Mitt Romney.
Thus, the president has conveniently exempted from Obamacare some of his biggest supporters in labor unions and big business -- at least until after the November elections. Small business, the working man, and most of us taxpayers are left to deal with it.
But what about the promise that most will pay less than $100 per month for their health insurance? Here’s how that works. In order to get people to sign up voluntarily, there is a penalty (a fine, a tax, or whatever you call it). The fine is quite small the first year, but will increase sharply in subsequent years. So, how is it that your health insurance will cost you less than $100 per month?
You either qualify for Medicaid, which is a form of insurance paid for by other taxpayers, or you will qualify for other government subsidies. As another press release said, there is “unprecedented financial help” for middle- and moderate-income people who do not have health coverage through work.
But people forget that the government has no money; it has only what it takes from other taxpayers. So when Obama-Pelosi-Reid brag about all these people qualifying for “subsidies,” all that really means is that someone else will be paying for their insurance.
My question is, when will we run out of the “someone else’s” money? That would appear to be the problem with everyone being able to get insurance for less than they are now paying. It is a zero-sum game. As long as someone else is willing to pay for what you get, it’s fine. But eventually the piper must be paid.
As Margaret Thatcher said: “Eventually, Socialists run out of other people’s money [to spend].”
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