Friday, March 21, 2014

Obamacare bites prominent leftie...

Obamacare bites prominent leftie...  Will Pitt is a notorious flaming liberal of the activist variety.  His resume includes such things as a stint as Press Secretary for perennial presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, membership in Progressive Democrats of America, and columnist at TruthOut.  In other words, he's a certifiable loony leftist.  Here's what he has to say about Obamacare, in a post on Democratic Underground:
What I've learned after a three-month war with these fiends: the ACA says the insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is true as far as it goes. But they can deny coverage for the life-saving medications necessary to treat those conditions. The insurance company I signed up with through the ACA exchange just denied coverage of my wife's multiple sclerosis medication. We're "covered," to the tune of $700 a month...just not for what she really needs.

A cozy loophole, that.

Fuck you, insurance industry.

Fuck you, Mr. President, you piece of shit used-car salesman.

From my heart and soul, fuck you.
Then in the comments to that post, he says:
I helped, in my own small way, to promote this thing, because of the pre-existing conditions aspect that would benefit my wife. I feel like a fucking dupe.

On edit: I AM a fucking dupe. Last time that happens.
On the whole, that doesn't sound like someone still enchanted with his former hero, Barack Hussein Obama.  Much more from Mr. Pitt here.

Being a dyed-in-the-wool leftie, his solution of choice is a government-run single-payer system.  Like his fellow lefties, he completely ignores the conspicuous lack of a successful example of such a system anywhere in the world, at any time in history.  It will be right when we do it, they say.  But at least he's woken up to the disaster otherwise known as Obamacare...

1 comment:

  1. He was for it because he thought he would personally benefit and get "free stuff". I've written about this before. The abstraction of the costs of things (through taxing or school bonds or whatever) hides the cost of that something, or puts the burden for it on someone else and therefore increases demand. If you want a pool for the summer heat and had to pay for it yourself vs convincing your city council to build one and making everyone share in the cost. The city council building the pool, but then floating school bonds to build a new school. The shell game breaks the law of supply and demand as does any government subsidies. If the government subsidizes insurance premiums for some people, it will generally raise demand, but then prices will rise to find equilibrium again. Who gets hurt? Well, certainly those middle class folks that make too much money to be subsidized but just found all of their costs go up. The lower income folks that received that subsidy? Well, of course. But in their case, the government will keep increasing the subsidy, but what they will find is that their quality of care and access to care drops. The wealthy and our well connected political elites will have their own special healthcare. This is the inevitable outcome. It won't get better. I hope that come the 2016 elections, that the voting public also remember that this is exactly what Hillary was pushing when Bill Clinton was president. I wrote about it at the time. Why would you ever go to a system that purchases healthcare insurance vs paying for the healthcare for those that can't afford it? Health insurance companies make money because the cost of health insurance exceeds the cost of healthcare when amortized over large population groups. Think about that. The cost of paying directly for the healthcare for those that couldn't afford it was cheaper than buying insurance for them. There were a lot of things broken about our healthcare system and this fixed absolutely none of them and in the attempt destroyed was was best about our system for those of us that had health insurance while failing to provide for that small segment that previously had none.