ObamaCare wipes out health care plans in Alabama, New Jersey
Bad news arrived in mailboxes across New Jersey, as people discovered their health-insurance plans had been wiped out by ObamaCare. Plans that didn’t measure up to the mandates imposed by the Affordable Care Act were being canceled, despite President Obama’s infamous vow that “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
How many folks in New Jersey were affected by this latest failure of Obama’s campaign promises? Oh, only about eight hundred thousand or so. The Star-Ledger reports this development “surprised some who were unaware that provisions in the new law known as ‘Obamacare’ were forcing insurance companies to scrap some plans they had previously offered.”
…. New Jersey and Alabama provide large-scale examples of disruptions happening across the country because of ObamaCare. The New York Post talked with a very unhappy camper in Brooklyn who doesn’t understand why nobody else in the media wants to discuss her $250 per month ObamaCare premium hike:
“The president of the United States promised me repeatedly that if I liked my plan, I could keep it. End of story. This was a lie, and I will never for forgive him or anyone who cooperates with him for this egregious deception,” said Heather Cross, a 45-year-old widow from Williamsburg.
Cross said she was doing just fine with insurance bought under a “sole proprietor plan” that allowed self-employed individuals to pool for coverage with small businesses, a policy unique to New York.
She said she was paying $568 a month. …
Furthermore, there’s no reason for anyone to warmly embrace the notion that people who make a bit less money than she does will receive taxpayer assistance to cover their $2500 premium hikes. The middle class will be transformed into another welfare dependency… which was one of ObamaCare’s true goals all along. …
The Heritage Foundation collected some more stories from people facing budget-busting premium increases under ObamaCare, and is encouraging more people to send in their stories:
George Schwab, who lives in North Carolina, was notified in a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield on September 23 that his current plan doesn’t meet Obamacare’s benefit requirements and would be canceled at the end of the year. While Blue Cross did suggest a comparable plan, it was $980 more than what he now pays.
The President told the American people numerous times that… ‘If you like your coverage, you can keep it,’” Schwab told The Charlotte Observer. “How can we keep it if it has been eliminated? How can we keep it if the premium has been increased 430 percent in one year?”
Michael Yount and his wife, a retired couple in North Carolina, buy their individual insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield and pay about $380 a month with an $11,000 deductible. But they were just informed their new plan will be three times the price, costing them $1,124.50 a month, The Christian Science Monitor reported. The couple said they plan to drop out of formal health insurance, pay the penalty, and “self-insure.”
Cindy Vinson in California “will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy,” reports theSan Jose Mercury News. She is an Obama voter who was surprised by the personal impact of Obamacare. “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.”
None of these people have been allowed to make rational decisions about what they want, and what they’re willing to pay for it. None of them were dealt with honestly by President Obama and his allies. They were lied to, pure and simple – kept sedated with phony promises that nobody would take their preferred health care plans away, period, while a massive bill was shoved through Congress by people who didn’t read it. Now they’re being told to shut up and accept the New Normal, no matter how badly the President’s program fails them.
The Founding Fathers would not be condemning House Republicans for their effort to defund ObamaCare. They would be applauding them. On the subject of who authorizes spending, the Constitution could not be more clear. According to Article 1, Section. 7, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."
It is the job of the House of Representatives to spend, or not spend, the people's money. Based solely on the huge deficits our nation now faces, they have been up to this point derelict in their duty. Refusing to fund ObamaCare, whose exorbitant costs and incredible waste are now becoming apparent, would reassert the fiscal function the "Great Compromise" entrusted them with and demonstrate their care for how the people's money is disposed of.
All of this illustrates why the debate over whether to defund ObamaCare or find another path to revise it is most certainly related our national debt, the debt ceiling and the moral obligation we have in stopping reckless spending.
Those of us who are Middle Class Americans; those of us who are working hard to do more than just survive – but to THRIVE – we want our elected officials to STOP this monstrosity that will make our healthcare worse not better; while dramatically increasing our monthly expenses. That's immoral!
Bottom line – using the force of law to create a command and control over our entire healthcare system and forcing Americans to buy policies that are double what they already pay – is immoral and unconstitutional.
We correctly call this ‘Soft Tyranny’.
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