Obama managed to get his health insurance reform bill passed, and here’s what I think it means…
For everyone but children, it’s going to get a LOT worse before (if ever) it gets better.
Insurers have until 2014 to keep their underwriters and claims staff in overdrive finding ways to deny or cancel coverage and raise premiums for adults. Before anything substantive kicks in (if Republicans don’t manage to repeal it because they believe everyone who’s not rich deserves to die rather than see a doctor), I wouldn’t be surprised if 100+ million Americans have no insurance — that is, the ones who survive.
Once again, Obama has grossly underestimated man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. The law says insurers can’t charge sick people more. Does Obama really think they’re going to lower premiums across the board, or use the next 4 years to make everybody pay what they’d extort out of someone with a chronic, life-threatening condition they were forced to insure?
I’m just a cat, but gimme a break. It takes a total moron not to see that coming.
So far, 13 states, led by Virginia, are suing the feds over the constitutionality of making everyone buy insurance. For once, I’m proud to be a Virginian.
How DARE Obama decree that every American citizen finance private insurers’ profits and perpetuate their ridiculous bureaucracy that now costs over $350 BILLION a year.
In essence, he’s painted everyone into a corner, forcing them to buy private insurance with no other choice, since he rolled over and played dead on the public option and refused to even consider single-payer.
And where does it end? Now that he’s snugly in bed with WellPoint, Aetna, et al, somewhere in those 2,400-2,700 pages (I hear differing counts), does it say everyone has to buy and eat Wheaties for breakfast? Nobody seems to know.
I did just hear they tucked in a mandate for calorie counts on restaurant menus.
Republicans are dead wrong when they call this a government takeover of healthcare.
No, the government has handed solid-gold keys to the hen house to the foxes.
The fallout from this bill has the potential to make Bush’s decision to invade Iraq look like a little boo-boo.
Bonus: Michael Moore wrote a great letter that should make Republicans feel a lot better about getting steam-rolled on this one.
Bonus #2: Just found this column and it’s too funny to keep to myself.