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    I've been thrown off my health insurance -- THANKS, OBAMACARE! -- and have spent hours and hours over the past month trying to figure out my options now that the Democrats have made my old plan, which I liked, "illegal." (I prefer to think of my plan as "undocumented.")

    Whom do I bill for the hours of work Obamacare forced me to perform? How about you, Mickey? You're the smartest living liberal (faint praise), and you assured us that Obamacare was going to be fantastic.

    By now, Obama has issued "waivers" from Obamacare to about 99 percent of the country. (Perhaps you've heard, there's a big midterm election this year.) As one of the few Americans not granted a waiver, I'm here to tell you: You have no idea what's coming, America.

    I thought I had figured out the best plan for me a month ago after having doctors and hospital administrators look at the packets of material I was sent by my old insurance company -- the same mailing that informed me my old plan was "illegal" under Obamacare.

    But when I checked online recently, I discovered the premier plan -- the "platinum," low-deductible, astronomically expensive plan that might be accepted by an English-speaking doctor who didn't attend medical school in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts -- does not include treatment at any decent hospitals.

    That's sort of unfortunate because THAT'S THE ONLY REASON I WANT INSURANCE! That's the only reason any sane homo sapien wants health insurance: to cover health care costs in the event of some catastrophic illness or accident -- not to pay for Mickey Kaus' allergy appointments. But my only options under the blue-chip plan were hospitals that also do shoe repair.
    I'm not really that big of a fan of Coulter, but this is one hell of a good rant.
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

  • #2
    All I wanted was a high deductible HSA tied to a decent catastrophic plan. I had that scoped out until the ACA deemed my HSA inadequate or illegal or whatever.

    HSA plans still exist but they are so unaffordable under the new thing that my plan dropped that option. Frankly, I don't need most of the services that are now "free". I get spreading the costs but I don't get punishing me because I don't need a bunch of stuff. I'm the model patient - one ultra low-cost medication (thyroid replacement, it's like $3.00 outright), no fatness, diabetes, heart issues, fibroids, pregnancy, STDs, knee replacements, colds, flu, or whatever.

    Why no love for me?
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
      All I wanted was a high deductible HSA tied to a decent catastrophic plan. I had that scoped out until the ACA deemed my HSA inadequate or illegal or whatever.

      HSA plans still exist but they are so unaffordable under the new thing that my plan dropped that option. Frankly, I don't need most of the services that are now "free". I get spreading the costs but I don't get punishing me because I don't need a bunch of stuff. I'm the model patient - one ultra low-cost medication (thyroid replacement, it's like $3.00 outright), no fatness, diabetes, heart issues, fibroids, pregnancy, STDs, knee replacements, colds, flu, or whatever.

      Why no love for me?
      Plenty of love for you. Just pay your grossly over-inflated premium like you've been told to, you bourgeois pig!

      You liked your plan and you got to keep, well, A plan, but this one's much, much better! Now, when can we schedule you for your free prostate exam?
      It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
      In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
      Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
      Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
        All I wanted was a high deductible HSA tied to a decent catastrophic plan. I had that scoped out until the ACA deemed my HSA inadequate or illegal or whatever.

        HSA plans still exist but they are so unaffordable under the new thing that my plan dropped that option. Frankly, I don't need most of the services that are now "free". I get spreading the costs but I don't get punishing me because I don't need a bunch of stuff. I'm the model patient - one ultra low-cost medication (thyroid replacement, it's like $3.00 outright), no fatness, diabetes, heart issues, fibroids, pregnancy, STDs, knee replacements, colds, flu, or whatever.

        Why no love for me?
        Because under this new model you are not a consumer. You're a winner of life's lottery and you must be taxed.

        Go figure.
        "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."
        -John Locke

        "It's all been melded together into one giant, authoritarian, leftist scream."
        -Newman

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scott View Post
          Because under this new model you are not a consumer. You're a winner of life's lottery and you must be taxed.

          Go figure.
          Some people have a hard time understanding that a cystic fibrosis patient deserves to pay more.
          Enjoy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Norm dePlume View Post
            Some people have a hard time understanding that a cystic fibrosis patient deserves to pay more.
            I wouldn't use the term "deserves," but someone using more resources certainly should pay more for that use than someone using considerably less resources.
            "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."
            -John Locke

            "It's all been melded together into one giant, authoritarian, leftist scream."
            -Newman

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            • #7
              Hey, if they get to enjoy all those extra paper gowns and gloved fingers and needles and plastic mouthpieces and X-rays and claustrophobic scanning machines, then they should have to pay more. How else will they have an incentive to stop being such a burden on the system?
              Enjoy.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Norm dePlume View Post
                Hey, if they get to enjoy all those extra paper gowns and gloved fingers and needles and plastic mouthpieces and X-rays and claustrophobic scanning machines, then they should have to pay more. How else will they have an incentive to stop being such a burden on the system?
                Well it's not like you're going to pay for it so who should pay and how should the resources be allocated?
                "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."
                -John Locke

                "It's all been melded together into one giant, authoritarian, leftist scream."
                -Newman

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                • #9
                  I'm all for spreading out the cost of seriously sick patients. What I'm not on board with is screwing with the kind of policies that are tailored to individual needs.

                  Hardly anybody in this country picked the high deductible/catastrophic type instruments because most people just won't pay full ride for lab tests or whatever and the HSA rules are so idiotic that most people didn't want to deal with it.

                  But for some of us, it's perfect - or it was. We aren't a significant sector in this thing and our choice had zero impact on overall costs. In terms of being "good citizens" we were great because we didn't clog up the system making doctors play "guess the germ" when we had head colds and we paid our own way for birth control, prescriptions, oil changes, and routine maintenance.
                  "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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