Contributed by “The Ed”
I live in Colorado, so I look at the local media for local news. Here is one of the headlines in a medical journal, called Solutions. In its own words it is “Your source for unbiased independent coverage of health policy issues in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.” In this issue the headline read, “Polis fights sky-high rates as ski town signups stall.”
It is impressive. As bad as Obamacare is, the headline spins the story to favor Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who voted for the bill in lock step with the rest of the Democratic Party. In defense of Jared Polis, he had to vote for the bill so that he and the rest of us could see what was behind door number 1. Oh wait…that isn’t much of a defense, is it?
Quoting Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” The Democratic Party is vested in Obamacare. They have to keep it going even though it is a bad law. Here is the contrapositive version of Lincoln’s maxim: The Democratic Party has to enforce the law loosely to keep the bad law from being repealed.
So naturally, Jared Polis is seeking an exemption for his constituents.
And he’s not the only one seeking exemptions to the Obamacare law. Unions are seeking help. They see what the law is doing. This comes from a Forbes article titled Labor Unions: Obamacare Will ‘Shatter’ Our Health Benefits, Cause ‘Nightmare Scenarios’
“The union leaders are concerned that Obamacare’s employer mandate incentivizes smaller companies to shift their workers to part-time status, because employers are not required to provide health coverage to part-time workers. “We have a problem,” they write, and “you need to fix it.”
“The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe,” they continue. “Perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios. First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.”
Three union bosses, Jimmy Hoffa, Joseph Hansen and Donald Taylor penned the letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, from which the paragraphs above came. Each of them fought long and hard to get Obamacare passed. Now they feel sold out.
It is too bad that the idea of responsibility did not give Jimmy Hoffa a hint. Maybe he should have read the bill before he threw all of his considerable political weight behind it. It looks like he bought a pig in a poke that’s not what he thought it was. Is Nancy Pelosi’s ditzy statement, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it,” ringing in his ears? Does Jimmy Hoffa find Nancy Pelosi’s statement frightening? I do, because it is so true. We are finding out what is in it and we have good reasons not to like it.
Unions are not the only ones who have sought relief. The IRS union is seeking relief. Congress has gotten relief. Now Jared Polis is seeking relief for his constituents. If the law is such a good law why are they seeking relief from it? And if they are getting relief from the ”Affordable” Care Act, why can’t everyone get relief from it?
Read further into the “Polis fights sky-high rates as ski town signups stall” article. The cost of the care offered by Obamacare is very steep. Working people in the Colorado ski resort towns often spend half their salary just to rent an apartment. Some even have to work two jobs to afford the rent. That puts them outside the range where they can get subsidies for healthcare. These important mountain town workers can’t afford the insurance and they can’t get assistance that the Obamacare was supposed to offer. They are left with no choice but to pay the fine. Another quote from the article reads:
“People take one look at the rates and they walk out the door,” said Tamara Drangstveit, executive director of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the group that is leading efforts in Summit County to enroll people in new plans that start on Jan. 1 through Colorado’s health exchange.”
When asked how many have enrolled, Drangstveit replied “none.” So much for Obamacare helping Jared Polis’s mountain town constituents.
Polis does not have to worry personally about the effect of Obamacare because in the true style of elitists, he and the rest of the Congress are exempt from the effects of Obamacare. Now he is finding out that Obamacare is a mistake for his constituents. So why is he still supporting Obamacare?
Have you ever noticed something about the government’s Master Plans? They’re the “masters,” and we’re the “planned.”