As more and more people are subjected to sticker shock over the Unaffordable Care Act, we are seeing a theme emerging from news accounts of this development.
Comments like this from a California man:
“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
Or these comments from a California woman, as written to her insurance provider:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'” Kehaly said.
And then there is the deliciously ironic story of a former legislative staffer who spent years on Capital Hill defending Obamacare who is somehow now blindsided by her ballooning insurance premium:
“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”
“I am a Democrat and I believe in health care for all,” she said.
“And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me.”
Each of these people must still believe in Santa Claus, as they express surprise that somehow all the facets of Obamacare – like presents from jolly old St. Nick – would be showered across the land without any costs to anybody. The mindset is typical of the liberal/progressive: I fully support ‘helping’ the less fortunate, just as long as someone else pays.
Of course, 19th century French economist Frederic Bastiat warned us of the allure of the fairy tale of “free” government goodies when he correctly noted:
“The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”