A reader writes,
“Hey, didnt Obama say, “don’t worry, you’ll be able to keep your current plan.” Ha! Just got a letter from Anthem dumping me, after 10 years…because I can find someone else to insure my family through the Affordable Care Act. Funny, think it has anything to do with my daughter’s ~250k surgery for scoliosis at the Hospital for Special Surgery with famous pediatric spine doc this past summer? Who told me, next year, he’s not taking insurance. FYI, she’s great, able to go back to athletics, etc. Amazingly successful surgery. So far, Obamacare sucks for me.”
The Dollar Bills of the world welcome developments like these – the reader’s child wasn’t entitled to care that another child can’t have, so the takeover of medical care by the central government will either (a) ensure that every child gets the same care. or, (b) that no child does. Either alternative is acceptable, to them.
Of course what DB misses is alternative (c): only the children of the politically connected will receive the best care and sadly for Bill, his family won’t be in the class of apparatchiks.
Another thing they don’t grasp is this: the standard of medical care will gradually decline, as new operations aren’t discovered, new medical devises aren’t invented and wonder drugs disappear. Just like businesses that never started because of the 10,000 new regulations promulgated each year, energy sources not discovered and the innovations not created, how does one notice the absence of what never existed? It will take decades before Bill’s children, looking around at the grey, shabby world they live in, will wonder how their parents had it so good.