SCHADENGASM VI (STANDING 8-COUNT)

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Uncategorized

I guess this is an old-person thing but with each passing year, I get more and more enjoyment out of watching certain people take a right cross from reality:

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

Ms. [Barbara] Meinwald, 61, has been paying $10,000 a year for her insurance through the New York City Bar. A broker told her that a new temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost $5,000 more, after factoring in the cost of her medications.

Ms. Meinwald also looked on the state’s health insurance exchange. But she said she found that those plans did not have a good choice of doctors, and that it was hard to even find out who the doctors were, and which hospitals were covered. “It’s like you’re blindfolded and you’re told that you have to buy something,” she said.

Some have received notices already; others, whose plans have not yet expired, will soon receive letters in the mail. It is unclear exactly how many New Yorkers are affected; according to state health officials, as many as 400,000 independent practitioners get health insurance through job-related group plans, but that number also includes people who receive coverage through their spouses’ employers.

And now for the punchline.

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.

You know what would be cool?  If this country had a profession whose job it was to look into, among other things, the claims of politicians and the bills they pass and to expeditiously print their findings in paper or online sources that were easily accessible to the public.  Such a profession would have made Ms. Meinwald’s life a whole lot easier.

26 Comments to SCHADENGASM VI (STANDING 8-COUNT)

Katherine
December 17, 2013

Let’s see what we might call such a profession. Oh, we could call it “journalism.” But these Obama supporters are in New York, where they believe what’s in the New York Times. Too bad they don’t have journalists at the Times.

sybil marshall
December 17, 2013

Wonder if it will occur to them that it was reality that mugged them? The record on that is not encouraging…

Hi all, we’re back from what was supposed to be a 23 hour stay in Indy— 5 nights in a recliner chair for me + still trying to fight off the hives’ rebound (and I think they are gaining on me 8( –and getting ready for his next diagnostic etc thing on Friday (with his big surgery to be “in January”). So my IQ is still about 12.

But even at 12, this stuff is just too delicious. I truly hope these people do get themselves squared away OK, but it’s impossible not to be heartened when Nemesis catches up with those who are destroying us!

FW Ken
December 17, 2013

My insurance is through my employer, the Great State of Texas. They theoretically budget the premiums on a two year contract, up next September. I expect the hammer to fall on us then. However, they have cut our benefits mid-year before.

:-(

Maxine
December 18, 2013

Who is going to read a 2,300 page bill? Not Congress !
It is unreadable, anyhow.

Truth Unites... and Divides
December 18, 2013

Too bad, so sad.

LaVallette
December 18, 2013

“It’s like you’re blindfolded and you’re told that you have to buy something,” she said.

Another variation on the “ACA” theme: “You will find what is in it, after you pass the Bill”.

Fuinseoig
December 18, 2013

The only thing that surprises me in that piece is the “doctors and lawyers” bit; I’m not surprised that people in the arts (which, unless you’re one of the established stars, is a constant going from job-to-job with no guarantee of a regular income and periods of being ‘between jobs’) would find that hey, Obamacare isn’t what they expected.

But I did think that doctors (of all people!) would be sorted, whatever about the rest of us. Are they sure they don’t mean nurse physicians and paralegals, the lowly types who toil in medicine and law but aren’t at the apex of the professions?

Anyway, yes: it’s petty, but really, could they not tell they were buying a pig in a poke with Obamacare? Anyone over the age of their first time voting who believes a politician’s promises should be regarded with pity, not scorn.

Fuinseoig
December 18, 2013

Regarding journalism, to quote Chesterton’s essay “The Tyranny of Bad Journalism”:

“The point about the Press is that it is not what it is called. It is not the “popular Press.” It is not the public Press. It is not an organ of public opinion. It is a conspiracy of a very few millionaires, all sufficiently similar in type to agree on the limits of what this great nation (to which we belong) may know about itself and its friends and enemies. The ring is not quite complete; there are old-fashioned and honest papers: but it is sufficiently near to completion to produce on the ordinary purchaser of news the practical effects of a corner and a monopoly. He receives all his political information and all his political marching orders from what is by this time a sort of half-conscious secret society, with very few members, but a great deal of money.

This enormous and essential fact is concealed for us by a number of legends that have passed into common speech. There is the notion that the Press is flashy or trivial because it is popular. In other words, an attempt is made to discredit democracy by representing journalism as the natural literature of democracy. All this is cold rubbish. The democracy has no more to do with the papers than it has with the peerages. The millionaire newspapers are vulgar and silly because the millionaires are vulgar and silly. It is the proprietor, not the editor, not the sub-editor, least of all the reader, who is pleased with this monotonous prairie of printed words.”

Katherine
December 18, 2013

As in Chesterton’s time, there are a few and old-fashioned reporters in the US. They are vilified by their peers who don’t want to see truth.

Doggone it, Sybil! Are you sure it’s not something you’re eating? Get better, please.

Creedal Epicopalian
December 18, 2013

ha! ha!

WannabeAnglican
December 18, 2013

When I heard this on the radio, I roared “SERVES THEM RIGHT!”

I may have slightly startled my passenger.

Dale Matson
December 18, 2013

I toured the Randolph Hearst estate here in CA along the coast. At one time his estate owned 50 miles of shoreline on the coast and included an airport and a zoo. His relatives ‘donated’ the mansion to the state of CA which pays to maintain it. The remainder of the property still belongs to the Hearst family. Hearst’s ‘start up’ money was an inheritance of a silver mine. This man lived in an opulent bubble surrounded by movie star friends. Is it any wonder that his opinions, disconnected from reality, found their way into and permeated his newspapers across the country?

Dave
December 18, 2013

When reality impacts theory it’s going to be bad for theory.

Anyone who thought that this was anything more than yet another means of reallocating wealth from the middle class to the poor has had his head in the sand. It’s not really about health care. It’s about wealth redistribution.

Allen Lewis
December 18, 2013

When are these do-dos finally going to wake up and realize that the “Affordable” Care Act was a sham from the get go? It was a pack of lies from the first instance and the lies have not ceased during its implementation. There were those who tried to inform the public about what a bad piece of legislation this was, but they have been vilified and treated viciously by the lapdogs of the Narcissist-in-Chief.

But I must confess I am enjoying this rude awakening by these Elitist idiots. They are beginning to reap the same chaos that they have sown for so many others over the years because of their blind support of less-than-honest policy makers.

SERVES THEM RIGHT!

Jay Random
December 18, 2013

When reality impacts theory it’s going to be bad for theory.

Silly boy, that’s not how it happens: ask any theoretician.

I am reminded of Douglas Adams’ famous disclaimer:

‘The Hitchhhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.’

unreconstructed rebel
December 18, 2013

“SERVES THEM RIGHT!”

But, will they learn anything from this? That is the question.

Ed the Roman
December 18, 2013

In theory, theory and practice are the same.

Steve L.
December 18, 2013

$10,000? Boy am I glad I’m Canadian

sybil marshall
December 18, 2013

Katherine, thanks for the thought, but I can’t imagine what it would be (something I’m eating?). I control my weight by pretty much sticking to what I call The Monotony Diet– enough variety that you can stand it, but enough monotony that eating isn’t too much fun. So the only recent addition was pita bread (to make low-impact “pasties” LOL), which I jettisoned early on in this. Friday’s gutscope is his first ever and we still don’t know what all is going on in the gut to have caused the fistula, thus it is such an unnerving time for us that I’m still suspecting stress + stupidity (overdoing outdoors in heavy clothing when you know your skin is a Drama Queen), even though the latter has of course been dropped shortly after onset. Maybe Friday can lift some of the stress. And in two weeks *The Holidays*, which are always a hard time for some of us, will be gone. Anyway, thanks for the thought and the concern!

OT from Zerocare but a happier thought: read that some of the Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are learning Krav Maga. Krav Maga is Hebrew for *Go ahead, make my day*, LOL. (IDF martial arts form.) After it has been applied a few times, word will get around among the thugs attacking white people in general and Jews in particular, and there will be at least some deterrent effect.

Michal
December 18, 2013

These people don’t seem to think about consequences. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch!

I like the comment about “Nemesis” catching up with them, BTW…reminds me of the Kipling poem where “…the burnt fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the fire”…which means I don’t think they’ll learn anything.

Flambeaux
December 18, 2013

Michal,

The Gods of the Copybook Headings. In my opinion, one of Kipling’s best. All my kids are memorizing it. :D

And, no, none of these people, even the doctors and lawyers, will connect the dots.

Fuinseoig, they really do mean actual medical doctors and lawyers. Most of them can barely read and are too busy trying to bill enough to make ends meet between lifestyle demands, malpractice insurance, and student loan payments to care what the government is doing until it is too late. And they were talking to people in the New York area, who are, in my experience, more dense and more Leftist that much of the rest of the country. University professors in the US are also just as bad regardless of where they live.

Katherine
December 18, 2013

sybil, I have an Rx cortisone cream which I use on flare-ups. I have more trouble in the winter months — dry heat in the house, warm clothing, itchy elbows seem to go together. I carefully use a fragrance-free hand lotion on affected areas twice daily, with the cortisone on top of the lotion. But I’m betting on stress as the trigger. I will pray for a resolution for your husband and for you. Meanwhile, do some deep breathing, and Merry Christmas.

Katherine
December 18, 2013

This sounds very much like the guy out in California who said he knew someone would be paying for Obamacare, but he just didn’t know he would be the one paying. Redistribution implies taking stuff from less favored groups to give the stuff to others. They thought it would be only “the rich,” and are horrified to discover that “the rich” covers most of the middle class.

The Little Myrmidon
December 18, 2013

LaVallette beat me to it.

It’s like you’re blindfolded and you’re told that you have to buy something,” she said.

Exactly! Or as Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”

Creedal Episcopalian
December 19, 2013

“$10,000? Boy am I glad I’m Canadian”

Unfortunately, That is precisely the response that the progressives want. The entire goal of the [Un}Affordable Care Act is to implement single payer socialized medicine. The law needs to be exterminated.

Allen Lewis
December 22, 2013

Well. They “passed” the bill and it is a steaming pile of excrement!

Sounds like Pelosi was into augury, doesn’t it?

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