Are you a genetic lottery winner? Too bad.
The legislative name for Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act. This name was chosen precisely to appeal to Americans to consider buying a health insurance plan from a government-run exchange. Who doesn't like the idea of something that is "affordable"? By using that term, it suggested that the current system of health care was the opposite --"unafforable". But the Affordable Care Act was merely a red herring for what the government really thought about the healthcare system -- that it was discriminatory, and could be used as another vessel for wealth transfer.
Yesterday's interview transcript between Chuck Todd and the Architect of Obamacare, Mr. Jonathan Gruber, M.I.T. should be screaming from every newspaper this morning. But there was hardly a blip on the radar screen. Real Clear Politics has the video. Mr. Gruber revealed the singular truth about the real reason our government created and passed Obamacare -- it was not about an "affordable" new system; it was about a "discriminatory" old system, and the government "fix". Here's what Gruber described:
"We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick or [if] you’re going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance. The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price.
That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners who've been paying an artificially low price because of this discrimination now will have to pay more in return. And that, by my estimate, is about four million people. In return, we'll have a fixed system where over 30 million people will now for the first time be able to access fairly price and guaranteed health insurance".
Where to start?
The most glaring and insulting concept in his statement is the idea that someone is a "genetic winner" and "a lottery winner" that has been "paying an artificially low price because of this discrimination".
The idea of a "genetic winner" is incredibly chilling. Brave New world-ish even. It completely removes the idea of personal responsibility in the health equation. We are somehow only and entirely healthy or not because of superior genetics, and therefore those who are should be financially punished for it due to a government-imposed standard of "fairness".
The next absurity goes hand-in-hand with that -- the idea that people who "won" the "genetic lottery" are paying artificially low prices for insurance. By what standard is something "artificially low" (or not)? The government standard! Not the insurance market. The government tells us something is artificially low and therefore needs to be corrected. It is their justification to punish the "winners", a form of reparation of to those who the government considers "genetic lottery losers". Pay up! It's not fair you have been paying too low of a price!
Gruber also describes in detail how the government has decided the system is discriminatory: "where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick or [if] you’re going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance. At every point in time -- present, past, and future -- the system discriminates. If you might get sick in the future, you cannot have insurance now! Such a statement defies all logic. But it doesn't matter. The groundwork is laid bare: our health care discriminates.
What is the solution? Gruber explains that the only way to level the playing field and be fair is to force the "genetic winners" to pay their fair share (sound familiar?).And finally, finally, Gruber tells us, "In return, we'll have a fixed system where over 30 million people will now for the first time be able to access fairly price and guaranteed health insurance".
A fixed system now. Because the government decided the system was "broken". It was the fault of the genetic lottery winners and the artifically low prices who discriminated against those who did not have insurance. Are you a genetic lottery winner? The government finds you contemptible.
Of course, there was no distinction of the uninsured between those who could not get insurance or who chose not to have insurance either. The Uninsured were discriminated against. And that needed to be fixed -- by the government. We're here to help. Are you a genetic lottery winner? Now you lose.
The Affordable Care Act is only about being affordable to some. It is revealed to be another giant wealth transfer. Take the genetic lottery winners, kick them off their freely chosen policies, put them on the more expensive Obamacare government exchanges, and subsidize those who have been discriminated against to make it fair for all.
Fairness is yet again the objective of, and gift from, the government -- no matter the cost to our wallets or our dignity.
Crossposted at alanjoelny.com