Glorious #Obamacare success story! Alabama widows kicked off their insurance plans!

Posted by: Phineas on April 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"Obamacare has arrived"

“Obamacare has arrived”

The law of unintended consequences (1) strikes again. First widows; are orphans next?

(Transcript via The Weekly Standard)

“More than two dozen widows who were married to retired Madison county employees, lost their health insurance coverage earlier this year. And now one commissioner says it’s time to give it back to them. The change was sparked by the new federal health care law, but whether or not coverage can actually be restored really isn’t clear,” said the anchor.

Says the reporter, “Madison county commissioner Roger Jones says no one realized just how much the new federal health care law would change things, especially for the spouses of some of his former employees.”
 
“A lot of these people are on fixed incomes, low fixed incomes. Some of them are living on Social Security and very little else and health insurance is very important to them,” says the county commissioner.

Essentially, the county had self-insured and provided coverage to the widows of its former employees. It’s a nice benefit, something I gather isn’t all that common.

But things changed when our glorious new healthcare act became law and we started to find out what was in it: Madison county discovered that, thanks to all the new requirements, it would cost them an extra $25,000,000 to cover the widows. They didn’t have the money, so guess who lost their insurance?

Apologists might argue that the county or state could raise taxes and fees to cover the expenses, or, even if they couldn’t, the widows still have Medicare and Medicaid (Oh, joy.) available, thanks to the ACA. So it’s not really a problem, right? Just a few bugs to work out.

But that’s not the point. These people had an insurance plan that met their needs, and the county was honoring its promise to its employees. There was no good reason for government to come in like a bull in a china shop and wreck those arrangements. Now, thanks to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party (2), you literally have widows on fixed incomes left without health insurance. And who knows how many places in America this story or ones similar to it are playing out?

This thing is an anti-constitutional monstrosity and it has got to go.

RELATED: More from Hot Air on the difficulties of restoring coverage to these people.

Footnote:
(1) Also known as: “Things that inevitably happen when a bunch of arrogant fools think they can control by bureaucratic ukase a complex, varied economy composed of millions of individuals with highly varied needs.”
(2) Remember, kids, not a single Republican voted for this mess, and we’ve been warning it would be a train wreck from Day One.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

RSS feed for comments on this post.

7 Responses to “Glorious #Obamacare success story! Alabama widows kicked off their insurance plans!”

Comments

  1. That bit about the county and state raising taxes shows that there is enough political risk to go around. After all, why should the feds be on the receiving of it all? More of “what’s in it”, political suicide.

    It is going to be a sight for sore eyes when Pelosi’s little cute-ass remark and Shrillary”s “what difference does it make” hit ground zero.

  2. Trudi Brown says:

    This s a lot of words about nothing. I am on Medicare and VIVA INS which is based in Birmingham, AL.
    All my doctors accept the insurance, and all my prescriptions are covered.
    Most citizens have paid into MEDICARE and this is not mooching the Federal Government.
    These ladies maybe too scared to do the research.
    I’ve directed many of my friends towards VIVA.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Those who are directly affected and live daily with the decline in medical care due to doctors leaving the profession, being forced to drive past their old hospital to one in another town, etc. will become GOP voters in the fall.

    Can you imagine the irony of a doctor giving up a practice to take a job at the county medical examiner’s office? He or she could very well wind up performing autopsies on the very patients they used to treat.

    I’m on VA and it is Obhammudcare in microcosm.

  4. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    “If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it you are a racist.”

  5. Tuerqas says:

    Trudi, do you really think all the individuals will fit in to your plan? Do you really think all state plans are the same? You actually believe that 8 million on Obamacare in the first 6 months is a triumph even though exit questions show over 90% of the 8 million are replacing other insurance from last year(which means that the 50 million uninsured that the ACA was targeting have shown virtually no interest). You must believe that the estimated 4 million people who have lost insurance and not yet replaced it are just helpless and/or stupid, or just more words? Hey, maybe they did not have ID. I know, let’s not require it so that any enterprising person in the world can get US insurance. You know, like voting?

  6. Carlos says:

    As indicated by Tuerqas, the differences between private insurance and Medicare are enormous, starting with costs, coverage and availability. My wife has government-supplied private (she worked for the county for over 40 years) and I have Medicare.

    Fortunately, she is very healthy. Her deductible has gotten so high it would take months of what she gets for Social Security to pay for her deductible before the insurance kicks in.

    I, on the other hand, have had some serious issues since entering Medicare, and see the plan as roughly equal to what BCBS was decades ago. It is, however, an Advantage plan, one that was targeted specifically by our own version of Baal when Nazi and Dingy rammed through that which was not read by our elected officials just because they could, then laughed at us for thinking they’d just done a good thing.

    Do I think the county in question here is wise for kicking the widows off the plan? Yes.

    Do I think it is either moral, ethical or the right thing to do? No. Those widows (actually their husbands for their wives) were promised coverage for life, and the county is welching on that promise.

    What that tells me (as in the case with several lifetime promises of our county to my wife) is that those “promises” were nothing more than like all the other lies politicians tell just to get votes using the public treasury to do so.

    So bottom line for me is that the public officials who “negotiated” such contracts are guilty of buying votes with their “negotiating” skills, but the public is guilty of putting such thieving scum in office to begin with.

  7. Tuerqas says:

    What that tells me (as in the case with several lifetime promises of our county to my wife) is that those “promises” were nothing more than like all the other lies politicians tell just to get votes [promis]ing the public treasury to do so.

    The money line for all politics these days…