Many of my liberal friends are apparently quite happy to live in an alternate reality.
In this reality, the Obamacare rollout is going just great; the issues are simple ‘glitches’ that can easily be remedied. And of course, none of this will have repercussions to the larger program, nor will the public be turned off by the apparent hiccup.
Yeah, it must be nice living in that world…because the real world is not so great.
Is the Affordable Health Care Act making health care unaffordable for some people?
Some customers of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of Oregon’s largest insurance providers, say that’s exactly what’s happening. They say they are finding their health care plans are dramatically changing under the Affordable Care Act.
“Policy holders are seeing almost double their monthly premiums,” said a KATU viewer named Larry in an email. He said his wife’s premium will increase by $300 under the Affordable Care Act.
Cover Oregon spokesman Michael Cox says most insurance plans that focus on lower premiums and higher deductibles will be replaced by plans with lower deductibles and higher benefits.
Or this story from Illinois:
The Tribune‘s Peter Frost found that a typical user in the system — a 33-year-old single father in this case — would see his premiums “more than double” from the current average of $233 a month. But if the single dad wants his premiums to remain in range, he’ll need to sign up for an annual deductible of $12,700. The average deductible before ObamaCare for this consumer would have been $3,500.
You will note I specifically chose states which are run by Democrats, where the states set up their own exchanges, and everything is going as Democrats planned.
If this is success, I would hate to see failure. I would assume that ‘failure’ scenario has zombies and floods of lava involved.
Oh, but it gets worse. In a post on the liberal blogging site the Daily Kos, a long time diarist posted his new reality…of much higher premium costs.
My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.
Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.
I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any $#%#^# penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?
If you take a look, be sure to read the comments section. It is riddled with hate filled rants about how this poster is idea a GOP plant, a troll, or a liar. A few helpful commenters told others to hold back the attacks until they knew the facts…to no avail.
This is pretty common in the left-wing bubble these days. Many liberals have convinced themselves that there is no possible way Obamacare could fail. They simply have faith that Obama could not be that incompetent.
It is almost a religious level of fervor.
To be sure, there are a couple liberal commentators that are facing the hard truths of this big government failure. Robert Gibbs, former Communication director, had this to say:
“This was excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“This was bungled badly. This was not a server problem, like too many people came to the website. This was a website architecture problem.”
“When they get this fixed, I hope they fire some people…”
A glowing endorsement, indeed.
Ezra Klein, Washington Post blogger and longtime Obamacare aficionado, was even more harsh; and even better, it is while he was on MSNBC:
“The way this I.P. is going is a disaster, I really don’t think people should soft pedal what a bad launch this is. They’ve done a terrible job on this website,” Klein said on Monday’s Morning Joe.“We’re a couple of weeks in and people can’t sign up, people have tried 20, 30, 40 times, I mean it’s one thing for that to be true the first three or four days, it’s another thing for it to be true two or three weeks in.”
Klein went on to say this in his blog:
So far, the Affordable Care Act’s launch has been a failure. Not “troubled.” Not “glitchy.” A failure. But “so far” only encompasses 14 days. The hard question is whether the launch will still be floundering on day 30, and on day 45.
Kudos to Klein and Gibbs for…facing glaringly obvious reality.
This is fundamentally the problem when you create a big government solution to a large-scale problem. When you create such a program, facts be damned; success is about political victory, not necessarily making the lives of Americans better. And if facts get in the way of that, ignore the facts. It is frightening how many otherwise rational liberals have totally deluded themselves into believe that Obamacare is a guaranteed success, when nothing can be farther from the truth.
Furthermore, there is no culpability in big government. In most private ventures, a failure of a $600 million program to meet its most basic goals would result in a demand for and ultimately receipt of a resignation. What are the chances of Obama demanding HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius to resign, and her submitting her resignation? Slim to none. Because in government, you can do no wrong.
Today, most Democrats are oblivious to the realities that Gibbs and Klein are stating. They still believe Obamacare is the bait-and-switch sale job that Obama sold to them in 2010. They are still under the illusion this is a plan that will cover everyone (it will not), will reduce the debt (the CBO and GAO say that those cuts are less and less likely), and that it will cut the average American family’s premiums by $2,500 (always a joke, now proven to be a joke).
But self-delusion is a powerful thing. And although a majority of Americans now see Obamacare as damaging to their well-being, liberals appear to be willing to go down fighting, to defend a reality that simply doesn’t exist.