sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, December 10, 2010

ObamaCare - A Bitter Harvest

A new report out indicates that about 70% of physicians feel as if they're not going to be able to give patients equivalent care under ObamaCare (Fox News). Additionally, doctors will be retiring early or leaving the business under ObamaCare (LINK).
"A larger portion (74%) said they plan to make "one or more significant changes in their practices in the next one to three years, a time when many provisions of health reform will be phased in." (Source: IBD)
Michelle Malkin weighed in with information from SEIU:
"Late last month, the Service Employees International Union informed dues-paying members of its behemoth 1199 affiliate in New York that it was dropping its health-care coverage for children. That’s right. A radical, leftist union — not an evil, Republican corporation — is abandoning the young ’uns to cut costs. Over 30,000 low-wage families will be affected, according to the Wall Street Journal. Who’s to blame? SEIU 1199 benefits manager Mitra Behroozi singled out oppressive new state and federal regulations, including the much-ballyhooed Obamacare rule forcing insurers to cover dependents well into their 20s." (emphasis added)
New federal health-care-reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26.

To sell Obamacare and manufacture support, desperate Democrats pandered to the college set and their parents. Insurance plans and employers can't pick up the bill, and it's passed onto workers. In the case of SEIU, they're simply dumping all children and parents will have to find child-only insurance in the private market. Many insurance companies don't sell child-only insurance because it's too expensive.

There is no free lunch, to spite the assertions of Democrats - and "The only problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." (Thatcher)

How far we’ve come from the halcyon moment when President Obama rallied young college students at George Mason University in Virginia in March. To wild applause, he pledged: “If you buy a new plan, there won’t be lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care you receive from your insurance companies. (Applause.) And by the way, to all the young people here today, starting this year if you don’t have insurance, all new plans will allow you to stay on your parents’ plan until you are 26 years old. (Applause.)” (Malkin)

For the kiddie human shields who helped the Democrats dig their own ditch, reality bites. Live and learn.