I have a friend of mine who is very liberal in his political perspective.
This person is a very talented artist. In fact, I have seen some of his work and am amazed at the quality he produces. He is, apparently self employed and says that never was able to afford health insurance before the Affordable Care Act came about.
Last week, he posted a comment on a social media site about health care costs being out of control and spoke of having an $8,000 ER bill reduced to $100 dollars thanks to “our great President and his Affordable Care Act.”
I posted a comment, saying that I agreed health care costs are out of control. And mentioned the cost of some basic blood tests I have to get two to four times a year have increased three fold since last year. (from $52 last year to $156 this year). Knowing of my more conservative opinions, he immediately jumped all over me online calling my example “trivial” and proceeded to immediately delete his blog, so I couldn’t reply to his answer.
What this shows me is the absolute disconnect and lack of intellectual honesty some of these folks have.
Where do you people think the money government spends comes from? How do you think the Affordable Care Act gets to be so “affordable” for those of you lucky enough to be poor enough (or willing to keep from working long enough) to qualify for the massive subsidies it provides if your income level is low enough?
Answer: It’s coming from people like me. And every wage earner in the country. When millions of us pay $25 for a 25 CENT tongue depressor (not a real example, just trying to make a point here), or pay 3 times what it cost last year for a simple blood test, you can AFFORD to subsidize a lot of people. And, uh…by the way. Those “greedy insurance companies” you like to rail against are still making a ton of money because the Affordable Care Act put the “fix” in for them. Otherwise, the insurance industry would NEVER have bought into it.
What’s the problem with this? It’s not affecting the rich, whom you think you’re hurting. They can afford to pay cash for their health care. Who you affect are people like me, the middle class…for whom a $156 blood test 4 times a year is a large chunk out of our spendable income.
The people who are being hurt the most here are not the rich, and not the poor…but the middle class…the engine of our nation’s economy.
When you don’t take care of the engine in your car, what happens to it? Same for the engine of our nation’s economy. When you don’t take care of that engine, it eventually ends up on the junk heap.
So, you liberal folks: the next time you pay $100 for an $8000 dollar ER bill, at least be intellectually honest enough to understand that it’s not Barack Obama, or “the government” that’s helping you pay your bill.
It’s me. And millions like me. And I hope my money doesn’t run out before The Affordable Care Act ruins me.