Like your health insurance? You may be losing it.

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Like your health insurance? You may be losing it because of Obamacare.

I like this quote best:

“You’re going to be forcibly upgraded,” said Bob Laszewski, a health care industry consultant. “It’s like showing up at the airline counter and being told, ‘You have no choice, $300 please. You’re getting a first-class ticket, why are you complaining?'”

Sadly, I don’t think it will be this good. Many will decide the first class plan is simply unaffordable, and will instead opt out, paying the IRS fine instead. The result, fewer people having health insurance.



  • jwing

    What’s the real difference between this and being held up and forced to empty your wallet?

    “Stick em up, this is your federal HHS and the IRS. About your healthcare insurance….you’ll either pay up now for this mandatory overpriced premium health policy or you’ll be fined, your wages will be garnished or you’ll go to jail. That’s your choice. Thank you for cooperating with your friendly federal IRS agent and HHS navigator thugs.”

  • JGL

    This is the most un Constitutional law that has ever been conceived and passed in America, both party’s have finally found a way to control the people from birth to death.

    All of these offences and abuses of power are beginning to add up.

  • “The result, fewer people having health insurance.”

    But, I suspect, more people able to access health care, as they find the many providers I expect to go to a cash business model.

    It’s been one of the Big Lies, promulgated by both parties, but mostly by Democrats, that health insurance is synonymous with health care. It isn’t, and never has been, but most people have been brainwashed into believing that it is so. Politicians want folks to believe that, because it gives them power.

    As with most things, when you start throwing large amounts of money into a system (see Big Education), you disrupt market forces, leading to a ‘problem’ that needs to be ‘fixed’.

  • jwing

    Yes, it’s the economic theory of “crowding out” whereby regulations, fees and barriers to entry force private enterprises out of business leaving only government agencies and those organizations accepting government subsidies to survive and thrive.

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