A Brief Rant on the Looming American Health Care Disaster

Salty language ahead. I decided to blog angry, which I rarely do. Sometimes anger is clarifying.

Writers, artists, musicians, etc are set to lose their health care under Obamacare changes.

Sweet sweet poetic justice.

As I get put through the wringer over changes this asshole and his asshole supporters forced on us (we just lost our pediatrician because of Obamacare changes), I’m glad to know that same class of elites who supported this obvious disaster will suffer along with me.

I wrote in detail about my thoughts on Obamacare back when sane people were opposing it and idiot idealists were shouting, “Nah, man! We gotta fix the system, or maybe just break it until we get single payer and are all equally miserable under a bloated and ineffective nationalized health system.” 

Small changes? Sensible reforms? Screw that!

Nah! They’re leftists! They never met a bullshit program or obviously futile effort  which they didn’t think they could make work with their Magic Positive Energy Thought Beams. The entire American left has taken up permanent residence in Equestria.

If you supported Obamacare because you thought “well something–anything!–needs to be done,” you’ve contributed to the destruction of American health care. Thanks for that! I think I read more of the bill than Nancy Pelosi (and certainly more than Obama) and I could tell it was a mess from step 1.

I’ve been in close personal contact with the health care system for months now, with different family members and different maladies, and everywhere I go, it’s a complete clusterfrak, from the cardiologists driven out of business because they couldn’t afford the mandatory healthcare records computer system which cost $250,000 (which, of course, won’t ever be tied directly to the NSA with all your medical records: they pinky swear!), to the bizarre and contradictory rules which no one understands.

It is all going to crash, which is why they keep (illegally) postponing the implementation date and (illegally) giving exemptions to political supporters and donors.

If you supported it, I’m pretty pissed off at you right now. You weren’t paying attention to the details. And any marginally intelligent person knows that is where you find the devil, not in the grandiose abstractions peddled by this Imperialist Amateur posing as president.

And now my kids are losing a fine doctor because no one can make the system work any more, and they’re just putting out fires the best they can. Doctors are going out of business. Costs are skyrocketing.

It’s like a wise man once said:

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  • RelapsedCatholic

    You lament the death of a healthcare system that cost twice as much as anyone else while providing outcomes that placed us 37th in the world. All the while killi 40,000 people every year from a lack of coverage.

    I have not shed a single tear.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    Work on your reading comprehension. I already said the system needing fixing. You’re part of the problem because you thought any old fix would do. Like, whatevs, man: it’ll all work out!

    Can your binary mind find a position between “doing nothing” and “doing the wrong thing”?

  • Allison Grace

    Is it really 37th in the world? Why do people come here for care, then? I’m not really arguing; I’ve never heard this stat before. Will look things up…

  • Catholic Grammie

    http://www.creators.com/opinion/john-stossel/why-the-u-s-ranks-low-on-who-s-health-care-study.html Please, understand where that ranking comes from – the World Health Organization isn’t the greatest indicator of the best quality of healthcare.

  • Catholic Grammie

    Check the article that I posted above – it isn’t a valid ranking.

  • Anon

    Do you mind if I say that most bishops were not opposed to Obamacare but only to potential conflicts regarding conscience and abortion? The bishops were ready to be 100% behind the bill if those matters had been sufficiently addressed (which they weren’t). So are you addressing the bishops in your comments about those who supported the bill?

  • Guest

    I turn 62 this year, make 40K for which I work pretty damn hard, and have catastrophic insurance available through work at about 105 per month.
    As I understand it, unless my company is very generous (not likely) my monthly insurance bill will now be around 650, none of it deductible because of my fantastically high salary. That means 7800 per year in post tax dollars, which means at least 10K, or one quarter of what I make in a year, for coverage that is no better than what I have now, unless I have an illness that costs more than 70K.
    Maybe I could squeeze out an existence on what is left of 30K after taxes are applied at a 40K rate. Maybe live in a room, never eat out or go on a vacation. I’m not sure why I should have to do that to pay for someone else’s health care.
    Regardless, the answer is I won’t have health care and will pay my own bills, for which the government will dun me an additional 750 (sure to go up when they see how many people opt out).
    I don’t think this was thought out with people like me in mind.

  • Reluctant Liberal

    I don’t think Obama Care is a good system. I’m not going to pretend that it is. I’m very sorry that you have to change doctors, and I’m very sorry that Kevin’s healthcare costs are going to go up. That said,

    In 2011, 700,000 Americans declared bankruptcy because of their medical bills.

    Transitions stink. That’s almost universal. Where my parents live, hospitals are consolidating and small medical practices are being bought up. This is happening because small practices don’t have the resources to pay for the costs of the transition.

    But eventually the transition will end. Doctors will go out on their own again. You’ll find a new doctor. And hundreds of thousands of people won’t go bankrupt because of something, medical care, the Catholic Church teaches is a basic right.

    I’m concerned about the way Obamacare seems to hollow out the middle class. But since I know people with chronic health conditions that might eventually prevent them from keeping their jobs or finding new jobs, I’m more concerned about the hundreds of thousands of people who are being blasted out of the middle class by unpaid medical bills.

    I sympathize with your anger and frustration. Obamacare is not a good system. But pointing to its very real cons doesn’t mean its worse than the system that came before. I would stand with you to put something better in its place, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree that our current wreck of a system is worse than our last wreck of a system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_bankruptcy

  • hotboogers

    Indeed. Not long ago, the Premier of … was it Newfoundland? … came to the US for a heart procedure he couldn’t or wouldn’t get at home … yah, the US’s system is clearly bottom of the barrel.

  • Leila Miller

    Sadly, there will not be doctors to “go out on their own again”, as we are seeing myriad doctors retiring early. Who will replace them? My son is pre-med and his loan bills will be with him till he’s in his middle age (esp. if he decides to be a primary care physician). Also, my husband owns his own business and makes a decent living, but soon our premiums will be so high that my very healthy family of ten will not be able to afford it (thanks to Obama not giving a fig about small business owners, since they didn’t vote for him). You think things were bad before? Just wait. Transition is hard, yes, but destroying a health care system is even harder.

  • http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com/ JoAnna Wahlund

    Not accurate. The bishops supported healthcare reform. They adamantly opposed ObamaCare because it was not adequate healthcare reform nor did it include conscience protections. See here: http://old.usccb.org/healthcare/HC-Letter-to-Congress-012610.pdf

  • Michael Ejercito

    If the U.S. health care is so good, why are present day American neurologists no more able to treat spinal cord injuries than witch doctors in 2013 B.C.? Should that not count as an indictment against health care in America?

  • Michael Ejercito

    Imagine if someone tried to prevent mass murder by the mass extermination of the mentally ill.

    We have to “do something”, right?

  • Michael Ejercito

    And now there are even more reasons to oppose it, chief among them it does not control costs.

  • oregon catholic

    I work in the healthcare system but I didn’t support Obamacare because I support single payer and obamacare isn’t even close to what we need. But you can blame the need to write in protections to maintain the insurance industry stranglehold for why we don’t have a single payer system. The VA and Medicare are 2 good models for setting up a single payer system. It’s not like we have to invent anything.

    There are also plenty of people out there who will fight to the death not to allow universal healthcare. They can afford medical insurance but don’t buy it because they are in pretty good health and can pay the routine care costs. They couldn’t begin to pay for a surgery or a serious accident or a cancer diagnosis but they know they don’t have to. They know they can hit the ER any time they get into trouble and can’t be turned away. They know they can declare medical bankruptcy if the bills get too high and not lose their home.

    Paying their fair share into a national healthcare system would mean they might have to postpone the new car or vacation. They are willing to risk being without medical insurance because they know the American taxpayer will bail them out if they get into trouble. What they can’t get through their thick skulls is that’s exactly what is happening right now anyway, but it’s the responsible people who insure themselves against risk that are paying ever higher premiums while they shirk their share and run up medical bills they can’t pay. The rest of us pay for them now with our higher premiums and taxes and the future generations are paying for their selfishness through higher deficits. Pay YOUR freaking fair share of the costs deadbeats or stay out of the hospital and ER if you can’t pay off your bill in full. Stop offloading your selfishness onto my back, I’m tired of carrying your responsibility.

  • hotboogers

    So we could improve Obamacare by covering witch doctors? LOL

  • FW Ken

    There is a difference between health care and health insurance coverage. The 6.5 million people in my metropolitan area have health care either through insurance or excellent public health systems. Personally, I think the driving force here is white middle-class people who don’t want to use the public systems and have to hob-nob with… you know… those people.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    My reading comprehension is fine, and while I consider the ACA less than perfect, it is far from bad, and will bring many improvements. If Congress had the functionality of even a low grade alcoholic they could address the problems that might arise as be law is implemented. Instead they quixotically pursue a repeal that will never happen.

    I would have preferred single payer, or at least a robust public option, but to call this law a failure before it has even been implemented fully is a farce.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    Perhaps not, but the WHO is not the only measure that places America behind its contemporaries. By almost any measure we lag behind other first world nations. We may have fine healthcare if you are very wealthy, but what does that do for the rest of us? And what does that say about us that we continue to allow it to happen?

  • RelapsedCatholic

    We have some of the finest healthcare if you can afford it. Those that come here are independently wealthy.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    Many states that have fully implemented Obamacare have begun to see dramatic declines in their premiums. I pray that you will see some of this soon.

  • Leila Miller

    I’d love to see citations and evidence that this is so.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113908/obamacare-rate-shock-new-york-insurace-premiums-will-fall

    http://m.ibtimes.com/health-insurance-premiums-ny-other-states-set-drop-2014-obamacare-thank-1352437

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/05/201318/studies-show-varying-costs-for.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/health-plan-cost-for-new-yorkers-set-to-fall-50.html?pagewanted=all

    I also read some very encouraging statistics out of Vermont but I can’t find the article right now.

    And all of this also fails to take into account all the people that are getting rebate checks because of the ACA rule that 80% (or 85%, I forget) of all premiums must be spent on healthcare, and anything above must be refunded.

  • Leila Miller

    Not too reassuring, very meandering and full of suppositions, and I don’t see it. I think I’ve also read articles refuting this as misleading. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding tastes pretty rotten right now, including that fact that Obamacare supporters are franticly trying to postpone the inevitable, and once-supportive unions hate it since businesses are forced to cut folks to part time now…. way to go, Obama!. I love the “you can keep your doctor and your plan” promise (bwahahahahaha! We all knew that was a lie), and the naming “Affordable Care Act”. Such a joke.

    Yep, I’m annoyed, and no amount of pretending or sugarcoating is going to make this stinker smell good.

  • Allison Grace

    Well, we’re “those people” who are not wealthy at all; in fact we use state health care for our children with cystic fibrosis. They have everything the pulmonologist orders. When (non-insured) I wanted an MRI done on my knee, I made an appointment, had it done, and paid $25 a month for years until the $1800 was paid. I understand that this my own happy bubble. What petrifies me is a one-payer system that would deem my kids’ drugs and hospital stays too expensive and denies them.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    I remain cautiously optimistic. I haven’t seen any convincing proof beyond anecdotal stories wrapped in derision about how it is going to be terrible.And those businesses; shame on them. If your business requires 50 workers but can’t provide some insurance their business plan sucks. I would have preferred single payer, or at least a robust public option, but I will settle for now with this conservative plan created by the Heritage foundation and once backed by most conservatives at focused on healthcare reform. Even the USCCB (hardly Obama supporters) backs most of its provisions besides the conscious protections.

    In any event, it is the law of the land, and that’s not changing any time soon. We should focus on fixing the problems.

    Have a nice day.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    As a parent I understand those fears, but I also believe they are unfounded. Think of all the countries that have a single payer system. None have gotten rid of it in favor of a private system like we have here. I live close to Canada. I have never met a Canadian that hates their system. They may hate the wait times, but they understand their wait for non-life threatening situations means that other people in life retaining situations get the care they need. And while e thought of a single payer system denying medication seems terrifying, we have the same thing today in the form of insurance companies that are answerable to no one except their shareholders.

    Call me an optimist, but I ink we can look at the other systems and take the best from them while leaving behind the worst.

  • R Vogel

    Private practices have been going out of business and costs have been skyrocketing for the decades, where have you been? People have been priced out of the health care market, denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and had their doctors dropped from health care plans. This is nothing new. The system was heading for a crash anyway. But now you are angry because it affect you.

  • Kevin G.

    Canadian health care is not at all like the ACA (Obamacare). The Canadian system is socialized in that the government is the only payer and sets rates for essential treatment. It does not rely on private insurance companies, as ACA does, and no one is forced to pay for treatment since it’s universal to everyone. Canadian health care costs much less per capita than US and produces better outcomes across all measurements, infant mortality, heart health, etc. Danny Williams (Danny “Millions”) is an eccentric millionaire. He took treatment in America because he could afford it, and it is where the procedure his md’s recommended it could be performed. This procedure is also available in Ontario, and he could have gone there, but he preferred to pay because no amount of money lets you jump line in Canadian health care (as in America it does). He would have had to wait while sicker people were triaged in front of him. In America, those people would have been left to die in the streets while a millionaire took up private rooms in a spa-like hospital.

  • Kevin G.

    Also, since you know nothing about Canada, I will fill you in: Newfoundland and Labrador (it’s one province) has a very low population (about half a million in a land area almost the size of California) isolated from the rest of North America, it is the most eastern point of the continent, closer to London England than to Vancouver. Hospitals there don’t have all the equipment of hospitals in say Toronto. This is no different than someone from Mississippi going for treatment in another state because it’s not available in Mississippi. Canada’s health care system has been around and working for Canadians for more than 50 years, it has not collapsed or bankrupted the country.


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