‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it’

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.

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4 Responses to ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it’

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Indeed. Someone was telling me how wonderful all the tracking stuff in cars and phones were. She said, “you could be rescued if you got lost!” I told her I’d gotten lost a lot of times in 67 years, and I always managed to figure out how to get home without that stuff. Most of the time, all I had to do was ask someone for directions – or make a phone call.

    She seemed oblivious to all of the other implications of not having a CHOICE about those tracking things. Not worth arguing with her. sigh

  2. Matt, another says:

    If you didn’t like your health care choices before, just wait until we improve it.

  3. jc2k says:

    I first read Atlas Shrugged in high school (Mr. Farquar recommended it). At the time, the statements of the looters seemed over the top. I’ve read it a few times since then (though I have never gotten all the way through Galt’s speech) and it finally seems like the real life looters have aligned their dialogue to the book.

  4. Joel says:

    Can’t argue with that, jc2k. I love to make fun of Rand’s fiction, and the whole cult thing comes across as more than a little inconsistent. But our masters do have a penchant for making her look like a prophet.

To the stake with the heretic!