According to this LA Times article, a Californian actually said that. I assumed at first that it was a snarky paraphrase.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state and insurers agreed that clearing the decks by Jan. 1 was best for consumers in the long run despite the initial disruption. Lee has heard the complaints — even from his sister-in-law, who recently groused about her 50% rate increase.
“People could have kept their cheaper, bad coverage, and those people wouldn’t have been part of the common risk pool,” Lee said. “We are better off all being in this together. We are transforming the individual market and making it better.”
Sit back and savor it for a moment. You’re living in a world in which such things can be said with a straight face. Probably with a quiver of conviction in the voice. By the people in charge of making it happen. To you.
“You’ll find a way to afford it when you see how much we can hurt you if you don’t” is not the argument of someone with your best interest at heart, no matter how the argument is actually phrased.
But that’s the ultimate argument of kings.