Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The nightmare before Obamacare

There were two articles on the Web today with similar headlines:

Eugene Robinson: "Why Obamacare is a GOP nightmare."
Fox News: "One man's Obamacare nightmare."

Per the SOP of defenders of this train wreck (see: Ezra Klein), the plan is to see into the Utopian future and ignore the current reality that costs are up, working hours are being cut, and you won't be able to keep your doctor if you could see him.  But - good news! - Robinson offers up exactly one objective metric as a sign of the program's future goodness:
Some of Obamacare's provisions are already in force and seem to be having the intended effect. For example, young adults are now allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance policies until age 26. In 2009, 29.8 percent of those 19 through 25 were uninsured; in 2012, 27.2 percent lacked insurance, a modest but significant decline.
There you go, America.  A very tiny sliver of the population can stay on Mom and Dad's insurance.  Totally worth it.

Meanwhile, that one man's nightmare is that he wasn't allowed to keep his high-deductible plan.
Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys,which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 --- from $333 a month to $965.
The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law.
Not to worry, Mr. Mangione.  Lay back and think of insured frat boys getting their stomachs pumped for free.

Extra - Another 'glitch'.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Poor one man. Let us pray together that someday, one man will get to stand up in the balcony during a State of the Union speech.