Sunday, November 03, 2013

Obamacare, Age of Wonders . . .

According to AP news, only half the states have numbers available, but in that half, at least three and a half million medical insurance policies are going to be cancelled as of the last day of the year. I'm sure that at least some of the policy holders liked their present plan, but they can't keep their plan because it doesn't comply with the requirements for medical plans under Obamacare.

So, cancelled planholders will have to buy different insurance policies, at greater rates. They will have to sign on to a health exchange website run by the states, which will coordinate with the federal website. Or, they will have to go to the federal website if their state doesn't have its own website, which is true of the majority of the states.

The federal website doesn't work. The government hired a Canadian company with a history of screw-ups to build the website, for a price of over six hundred million dollars, with over three years to get the job done. Oh, and there may be more than a little of crony-ism involved. It doesn't work, and all they can say about it is that they are fixing it as fast as they can and soon it will be all better. Trust us.

And this whole thing is such a gigantic, embarrassing disaster, that all the foul, nasty words and colorful, vile imprecations I can think of, are insufficient to say how bad it is. And it is likely to get worse when doctors begin dropping out, and you get politicians thinking about making it against the law for a doctor to not treat somebody insured under the health exchange for the prices set by the insurance company, as at least one has already done. (Can you say, involuntary servitude, boys and girls?) Consider this, the insurance companies writing health care coverage will be selling only products required by the government, because only those kind of policies will be purchasable by customers to avoid the penalty tax imposed by IRS on those who fail to have government prescribed health insurance policy.

In order to control costs, the insurance companies are reducing the number of doctors on the covered panel list.

The standard fellow-travelers who find no fault with notions rooted in socialism, have pointed out that it isn't the government's fault if you can't keep the policy you like, or you can't keep the doctors you like, consistent with President Obama's repeated promises. It's the insurance companies' fault. Yeah, right. There was a bill before congress to fix the problem of policies being cancelled, which would have "grandfathered" polices so people could keep them, but the bill was voted down. The party who killed the idea did so with all of their members voting in lockstep. It would be cruel to name the party containing all these morons, so a hint should suffice. The party which pulled this stunt which made certain the cancellation of so many medical insurance policies consistent with Obamacare has a "D" in its name.

And none of the foregoing, which only skims the surface of this odorous political swamp, is in the least bit surprising. It was all predictable, and predicted.

No, what is most wonderful in this age of wonders -- in the sense that you look, stand back, and wonder at the sheer, cosmic unliklihood of it all coming to pass in a country such as ours -- is that not a single person bearing any responsibility at all for this gigantic, ripping, roaring, raging, flaming, gaping pit of deliberate lies and obvious ineptitude, has been fired. Not one.

Oh, by the way, Obamacare isn't fully implemented through 2014. There are more surprises to come later.

And nobody has been fired. Not one.

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