ObamaCare Chess Moves
When I was younger, I played quite a bit of chess. In fact one of the nephews told me a short time ago that it was one of his great childhood memories. Now he hardly looks up from his Smartphone, much less discusses a strategy or a move.
Remember the concept of thinking not just one or two moves ahead, but four or five moves in advance?
ObamaCare was passed in 2010 by Democrats only, unread, in the middle of the night, with no Republican affirmative votes and not all Democrats in favor of the law.
ObamaCare started "taxing" to pay for the law in 2012.
Health Care Exchanges were to be set up in all states to access insurance companies that would provide "acceptable plans." As of October 2013 only 23 states have exchanges, the remaining 27 have defaulted to the unworkable Federal exchange.
On October 1st, 2013 when the Federal exchange "opened," I received a letter from my Blue Cross Insurance Company, that I have had for many years, saying my plan would not be offered in 2014 (I am one of those people that buy their own insurance). Find a new insurer. So much for keeping my insurance.
After not being able to access the Federal exchange, I used the internet to search for health insurance. After a few days of futile attempts, I found a company (I think it was Acme Health Insurance and Auto Body) that would cover a healthy, active, non-smoker with a bronze (or bronze plated) policy with much less benefits than my Blue Cross for only 120% more premium. This did include pediatric dental care. I am pretty sure my individual policy for this grey-bearded man won't let me qualify for that dental care!
The federal exchange is getting triage and may be terminal, or require 50 years to get everyone registered.
Republicans have tried to repeal this boondoggle. The Democrats are adamant we "need" this law.
Where are we going?
What if... the plan all along was to have this law fail. Add 10,000 plus pages of regulations to this law, hire a less than successful IT company to write the code, handicap them by changing the rules almost constantly, don't show how "affordable" the cost of health insurance is until you have loaded all your personal information into a less than secure marketplace. What could go wrong?
Most credible, for profit, insurance companies have invested millions in implementing the new regulations, only to have their conscripted customers react to their huge price increases. Every month when they write that check to that big insurance company, they grind their non-pediatric teeth. The outrage at these unsustainable insurance costs, the effect on the economy, employers, (although not until after the 2014 midterm elections) and the decline of quality health care will cause the "citizens" to beg for relief. Only a single-payer system could fix this debacle.
Put down your phone. Pay attention. They are playing 6 moves ahead.
Or just maybe the tinfoil in my hat is leaking.
Dennis Turner is an opinionated, underemployed patriot. firstname.lastname@example.org