• According to the letter I just received, I will pay $1,141 monthly (plus another $88 if I want dental) for a $12,000 deductible. Doing the math: $14,748 per year to be self-insured. Just an increase of $6,840!
The kicker is: this is the most catastrophic plan I can get! My choice is take it or have no insurance!
Proponents will say, “Well, it promotes wellness to the greater good.” This argument would be much easier to take if the government had any track record of nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy and doing it better than the private sector. Healthcare is neither getting better as a result of this law nor is it getting any cheaper.
As it relates to the greater good, let’s see how this law can potentially affect local non-profits. You see, the $6,840 increase I face is very close to what I donated to local causes this past year. How is this increase going to affect my opportunities to help local causes? Ask yourself this question.
To my friendly democratic acquaintances: I would normally keep these criticisms to myself in the interest of civility and to keep you as friends. However, I then read this morning that the esteemed senator from West Virginia, Mr. Jay Rockefeller, claims that those who oppose Obamacare are racist. That is what triggered my anger as much as anything. If you’re going to raise my premium by almost $7,000 for the same product, I don’t care what your race or gender, I oppose.
This kind of rhetoric from Mr. Rockefeller is exactly why so many people outside of the Washington Beltway feel so helpless and misrepresented. This act was passed without a single Republican vote (I believe), yet we are called racist if we oppose it. This is in addition to Mr. Obama telling us we can keep our insurance if we like it and premiums will not go up. It’s time to talk about the facts, not inject shameful rhetoric into the discussion.