Like so many Americans, radio hosts Opie & Anthony found out the hard way that Barack Obama was lying when he said we’d all be able to keep our old insurance plans. They didn’t take it well. Content warning for quite a bit of salty language in the following audio clip.
A few takeaways from the segment, aside from the obvious reality that people who complain about losing good insurance policies due to ObamaCare are not the liars Democrats have accused them of being: the new stuff is even more of a hassle than the old insurance plans used to be, and they weren’t exactly child’s play; and the public isn’t nearly as angry yet as they will become when employer-provided insurance plans start going down, because the individual market is so much smaller. Six million policies canceled is enough for everyone to be aware of it, and for many Americans to know someone who lost their coverage to the Affordable Care Act, but not enough to cause the widespread agony President Obama has been delaying by fiddling with the employer mandate.
They also make an interesting point about how the expense and hassle of federal government is dumped on top of the state burden – which is quite formidable in places like New York. The result is “a lot of hands in your pockets.” This is often overlooked when national arguments about the federal government are conducted. The cumulative effect can be maddening, both in money paid and time lost.
And, as always, there’s the class warfare issue, which was also mentioned by Ann Coulter when she lost her insurance to ObamaCare, albeit with slightly less aggressive language (although Mickey Kaus might disagree.) People in the lower, less burdened, simpler brackets have no idea what the higher brackets are going through, and to some extent that means they’re missing some distant early warnings of the troubles headed their way.
Of course, there’s little sympathy for the rich devils, and that’s a problem on several levels: first, they’re rich American devils, and it’s unbecoming of us to blithely assume they can be mistreated in any way the government desires; second, because a lot of what hits them rolls downhill to the rest of us, as anyone who has studied the sad history of the Alternative Minimum Tax can tell you; and third, because eventually the rich begin unplugging themselves from systems which loot them, and we should all have a realistic idea of the point at which that will occur, because they can and will unplug very suddenly, and the system left in their wake will speedily collapse. Sometimes I wonder if the most alarming feature of systemic collapse is not how near it might be, but how quickly it will happen when it arrives. A lot of what I hear unhappy customers saying about ObamaCare, as in this Opie & Anthony clip, sounds a lot like what I always imagined I would hear, right before Atlas shrugged.