Saturday, October 9, 2010
When Barack Obama was cramming his healthcare plan down the throats of Americans, he emphasized one point over and over: "If you like the healthcare plan you currently have, you can keep it. Period. Case closed."
What he didn't mention was that you could keep your policy only if you got a special waiver from the government...and that those waivers are only going to 30 big corporations and Democrat-heavy unions. Period. Case closed.
And amazingly, the corporations - including McDonalds and Jack in the Box, need the waivers so they don't have to end employee health insurance...which is what Obamacare demands. In fact, without the waivers one million currently insured people would completely lose their policies. Which isn't exactly the message that the Democrats want coming out just before elections.
The problem is simple: Obamacare demands that employers either give employees a terrific insurance plan which is nearly impossible to afford...or no insurance at all. And so companies that have traditionally offered inexpensive healthcare plans to employees have no choice but to drop those policies.
You might compare it to a starving man who is being offered a hot, fresh Big Mac...but who isn't allowed to eat it because the Democrats insist that he deserves nothing less than a 7-course meal with vintage wines and strolling violin players. And so the man gets nothing.
None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Obamacare. It has always been about killing the private insurance industry. It has always been anti-business. It was always going to raise costs and decrease quality of care. It has never been about medicine, and always and exclusively been about seizing power over our lives.
But still, when it comes to Obamacare, the Democrats are telling us to "eat it." And they don't even ask "do you want fries with that?"