Frankly, Hope n' Change wasn't expecting anything really scary to arrive at our door until Halloween, but it turns out that Obamacare has jumped the gun by presenting us with a trick that is definitely no treat.
We already knew that "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was a lie. But it turns out "if you like your NEW doctor, you can keep your doctor" was also a lie. Because we, along with over 300,000 other folks in Texas, were just informed that Blue Cross Blue Shield has "discontinued" every individual PPO health insurance policy statewide because under the Affordable Care Act, "some affordable plans are no longer affordable for the company to sustain."
We're shocked. Shocked.
The letter we received cheerily pointed out that we don't need to do anything to have a brand new policy assigned to us. A policy under which our premiums will be raised to about $17,000 a year (for two healthy adults), our deductible is raised substantially, medical expenses which were covered 100% will only be 70% covered, we can't get prescriptions from the pharmacy we've used for years, and we can no longer see the physicians who were covered on our PPO plan. Instead, we're being downgraded into an HMO plan with a very limited pool of doctors, and we must choose one ("or we'll pick one for you!") who will become the gatekeeper of all our medical care.
Nothing will be covered unless it is specifically ordered by a second tier doctor (if we're lucky) who will be receiving bonuses for limiting care and denying referrals to other doctors.
Hilariously, the health insurance market doesn't even reopen until November 1st, meaning we've got 3 or 4 anxiety-filled days of vomiting blood before we can go online to compare plans from other insurance providers (if any) and sign up for something before the December deadline.
We're certainly not alone in this fiasco (not even counting the other 300,000 Texans whom Blue Cross just put out to pasture.) Nationwide, health care exchanges are going bankrupt, official estimated enrollment for 2016 Obamacare plans has been scaled way down, and premiums and medical costs are skyrocketing.
But at least wealth is getting redistributed and citizens are getting the fear of God (or at least of government) put into them. Which was, of course, the goal all along.
UPDATE: Here's a good piece by Michelle Malkin about the number of Americans losing access to their "new and improved" plans.
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not-so-spontaneous terrorists "brought to justice" by the Obama administration.
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