Oh if they didn’t already have enough to complain about here is yet another thing. Somewhat as a surprise to many people, especially some companies who will now pay it, a fee of $63 per person is going to go into effect to transfer money to insurance companies (a bribe) so they will comply with the law and now start insuring people with pre-existing conditions.
Now from the hand-wringing about this you’d think this is going to bankrupt every business in the country, but the total amount of money might be as large as $25B. Oh the horror of it. What’s that, one month of what Iraq cost or Afghanistan is costing, a couple of B-1s or F22’s, a spare aircraft carrier or two, or even better, a few hundred extra nukes.
Now I’ve never been nailed with the scarlet letter of pre-existing conditions and thus denied insurance, but it’s close and with my latest new out-of-bounds blood chemistry number it could happen. And I know lots of people who have gotten nailed with this. I know people in California that went to private pay doctors and for treatment, off-the-books, in Costa Rica, just to avoid having the pre-existing conditions hanging over their head.
Now with my latest “scare’ of an out-of-bounds bit of blood chemistry I’ve decided to finally get serious and drastically improve my fitness and get off all the meds. But those records will live forever. Some insurance company probably thinks I’ll get lazy and go off health kick just so I can have a heart attack and get some money from them. Right, guys – I want to be sick just to get money!
So we have this amazing situation: a) somehow we assume the people with pre-existing conditions are yet more dependents on government getting gifts (sure, being sick is so much fun just to get those handouts), and, b) we assume this relatively tiny amount of money will break (quick, how much did we give away to Goldman Sachs so they could pay huge bonuses (add in the $185B to AIG since that was just backdoor to Goldman)). So we can scrap up $25B in a flash when it comes to “gifts” for the rich or the military, but try to help people with health conditions and it’s socialism and the end of the world and the death of capitalism and recession on the horizon.
What incredibly distorted values we have as country – we love wars, we hate sick people.