I am trying to figure out whether the folks who believed Obama’s claims that the Affordable Care Act would allow people who liked their current insurance to keep it were hopeful, disingenuous, or just plain dopey. Since I’m friends with some of them, I’m going to stick with hopeful, though my intuition tells me it was more disingenuous than anything. Walgreens announced this week that they would move their 160,000 employees off a company-sponsored health plan to a program whereby they get a subsidy to go off and buy their own insurance. As one of the primary reasons for the move Walgreens executives cited the administrative costs associated with ACA compliance. There you have it. 160,000 people no longer have the option to keep the insurance they liked as a direct result of Obamacare. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And, by the way, if you don’t think the subsidy paid by Walgreens will diminish over time, you haven’t been watching very closely over the past 15 years as employers have cost-shifted premium costs to employees.
I will also use this opportunity to begin a slow jog toward another gigantic “I told you so.” First, here’s an interesting thought experiment. When Obama read the headline that Walgreens made this move, what was his immediate private reaction? Was it:
1. Uh-oh, that’s really bad. I promised people they could keep their insurance if they liked it. I really thought they would be able to. Oh God, whatever am I going to do?
2. (Invoke sinister tone) Bra ha ha ha ha ha. Exactly according to plan.
If you said number 1, you’re either hopeful, disingenuous, or dopey. I’m going with dopey.
The next big “I told you so” is that Obamacare is all about putting in place a single-payer national health system, like the ones that have left Brits lying in bed for 1-2 years waiting for a hip replacement surgery and forced many a Canadian to cross the border to get the care they need. When I started saying that, oh about 3.7 seconds after the law passed, many of you dismissed me. Folks, the design of Obamacare makes it clear that there is NO OTHER ENDPOINT other than nationalized healthcare. Period. Dot. Full stop.
So, if you’re someone who liked that health plan you had when Obamacare passed, which would put you in a group of 85% of the U.S. population, you should write your congressman immediately and demand full repeal of this disastrous law. Unfortunately, the odds are about 50/50 that your congressman is either hopeful, disingenuous, or dopey.