Obamacare forces actors’ union to drop older members from healthplan


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Finding out what’s in it: Actors’ Equity Association, the union for stage actors, is dumping its older members from its health insurance plan because of the rising costs of Obamacare.

I guarantee to you that more than 80 percent of the members of this union voted for Obama and support Democratic policies blindly. Now those policies are blind-siding them cruelly, as this quote from the article demonstrates:

“They keep saying there’s a comparable Obamacare option, but there’s not,” one actor said. “I won’t be able to afford to go to [my doctor] anymore.”

Will these liberal actors change their votes? I am pessimistic. From the late seventies to the mid-nineties I worked in the movie industry, and during that time I observed a strong hostility and close-mindedness among this community for any political ideas not labeled “Democratic.” They are the most partisan people I have ever met, and will probably carry that partisanship to their graves — which is likely to happen sooner now that Obamacare is there to “help” them.

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  • Edward

    Of course these guys will continue to vote Democrat. It isn’t Obama’s fault or the Democrats’ fault that ObamaCare is causing them to be dumped. As Robert keeps reminding us, it is the Democrats who care. It is obviously the Republicans’ fault — remember the “throw granny off the cliff” advertisement?

    Strangely, when it comes to throwing granny off of healthcare, it is always Democrats who favor this method of saving money. Robert Reich keeps saying that old people cost too much and will have to die early in order to save money. Obama told Jane Strum, at a town hall meeting, that her mother’s pacemaker was too expensive and she should have taken pain pills until she died, despite the fact that she was still going strong after six years of continuing her joy of life. And recently, Ezekiel Emanuel said that everyone should die at the age of 75 (how “Logan’s Run” of him), because we are no longer useful to society.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

    “It [living too long] robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world.”

    Apparently, past contributions to society don’t count, only our potential future contributions.

    Emanuel goes on to say that the elderly cost too much, and if they die before they have spent all of their own money plus their children’s money, then the children will have more money to spend (presumably not to spend on living longer). Sounds to me that he is rather greedy, too.

    1) Shouldn’t we be allowed to enjoy decades of retirement?
    2) Isn’t that why we created Social Security in the first place? (although I have thoughts on that topic, too, those are for another time.)
    3) What is this sudden desire by the Democrats that we not continue to experience the joy of life, as Jane Strum’s mother was able to do under the old healthcare system?

    So, aging actors, who is it that *actually* wants to throw granny (read: “you”) off the cliff?

  • I’d say that the Democrats are more ‘Soylent Green’ than ‘Logan’s Run’. The Progressive philosophy is death: death to dignity, death to ambition, death to aspirations, death to freedom, and the quite literal death to those who oppose or even disagree with them. Hey, now we know why Progressives are sympathetic to Islam!

    Progressives want totalitarian control because they know in a straight-up fight, physical, verbal, what have you, they cannot win. I have not the least sympathy for supporters of this quite frankly evil philosophy when the policies they’ve endorsed bite them.

  • Franklin

    BLAIR
    Cutting and insightful–I must go digest this. Extremely interesting idea ref the (up to now?) mystifyingly passive/unresisting attitude of Progressives toward Islamic violence. It’s just general nihilism, we all deserve to die? So simple. Maybe.

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