And BOOM goes the dynamite.
Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two - oh, and right: Obama supporter. Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year:
"I was laughing at Boehner -- until the mail came today," Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.
"I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy."
Let me tell you a secret: we don't need people like Mr. Waschura to love us. We just need people like him to vote their class interests, to quote the Marxists who unaccountably confidently expect this rotating disaster of a health care rationing system to fuel public outcry for socialized medicine. They don't have to vote Republican forever, you know. We'll be happy if they vote Republican just enough to allow the party to kill this thing. With that in mind, let me just be the first to assure Mr. Waschura that his hope that the rates will be adjusted down in a few years is only half-justified: left unchecked, they will be adjusted. Only upwards. The Democrats always expected and planned that Obamacare would be funded by raiding the incomes of as many people as possible; making the insurance companies the mechanism for jacking up premiums was the only way to get the insurance companies on-board.
In other words, Mr. Waschura: what happened to you was not a bug in the system. It is the system. And now you have to ask yourself: are you really prepared to pay ten grand a year and rising for the privilege of having a legislator theatrically agree with you on, say, first-trimester abortion? - Because I'm sure that the California Republican party will be able to find a candidate that won't go out of his or her way to aggravate you on that topic.
We'll finish this up with an observation from Cindy Vinson. Also Californian, also Obama supporter; she got hit with a $1,800/year increase on her individual policy.
"Of course, I want people to have health care," Vinson said. "I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."
The most expensive thing in the world is something that's free, Ms. Vinson. And if you sit down at the poker table and you don't know after a half hour which person is going to be taken to the cleaners, it's going to be you.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: No Republican voted for Obamacare.
Head of CA's Obamacare exchange says people were always told there would be some losers under O'care. http://t.co/FVGk8Bgxqo
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) October 6, 2013