There’s been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare. Its proponents keep trying to assure us that it’s all a “glitch” – a $630,000,000 “glitch”! – and once it’s operational we’ll all love it. And never forget: according to Obama, “if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep it” anyway.
Well… are you ready for sticker shock?
Over the last 2 years – since the enactment of Obamacare and during its phasing in – my Medicare Advantage plan premium has increased from $0/month to $28/month (this year) to $85/month next year, in addition to $105/month for basic Medicare (which has gone up from about $80/month). That’s a 230% increase in two short years.
My max out-of-pocket has gone from $3500/year to $6700/year, my office visit charge has gone from $30 to $50, my co-pay has gone from 15% to 20%, and many previously covered services have been severely limited or terminated.
Fortunately, I do now have pregnancy and pre-natal care. Of course, since I’m a guy in my mid-60s, this isn’t very useful.
So, Obama’s right. I DID get to keep my health insurance. Unfortunately, like Cinderella’s carriage, it turned into a pumpkin.
One other thing. Often when I discuss this issue, there’s some Dem/socialist who cleverly points out that I’m a hypocrite for criticizing government interference in healthcare when I’m a recipient of government “benefits” myself.
I’d like to point out that I am, indeed, a recipient of those benefits. But not by any choice of my own. I was forced, at the figurative point of a government gun, to participate in these programs, and had “contributions” withheld from my paycheck for almost half a century. I’m simply getting back what I already bought and paid for.
But I have a standing offer to the government: reimburse me for all my involuntary “contributions” into Social Security and Medicare, including monetary inflation and all the interest I would have earned had I been able to keep and invest that money myself, and I’ll sign a waiver releasing any and all claims to any such benefits.
I figure that check should be well north of a million bucks. Easily.
© Brian Baker 2013