Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) submitted without comment:
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[JR: I would expect better of the New York Times and Jasper Stebbins. This type of “argument” would have never flew when I was up on the hill taking those “liberal arts” courses. Taking one anecdotal case as an argument for a massive overhaul of the best system of “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else in the world. Shame on us. Let’s focus on one key passage! ]
This Is Why We Need Obamacare
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: November 2, 2013
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No, far more serious is the kind of catastrophe facing people like Richard Streeter, 47, a truck driver and recreational vehicle repairman in Eugene, Ore. His problem isn’t Obamacare, but a tumor in his colon that may kill him because Obamacare didn’t come quite soon enough.
Streeter had health insurance for decades, but beginning in 2008 his employer no longer offered it as an option. He says he tried to buy individual health insurance but, as a lifelong smoker in his late 40s, couldn’t find anything affordable — so he took a terrible chance and did without.
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First, let’s call everyone’s attention to the reason for “employer based health insurance”.
You don’t buy “car insurance” that way. Nor “homeowners”, “rental”, “flood”, “umbrella”, “flood”, “catastrophic”, “business”, “liability”, “directors”, “prize”, … … did I miss any? Why is that?
Gooferment World War Two wage and price controls.
Business, blocked from paying the wages need to attract the skills needed, came up with this scam to solve the problem.
In what reality, does losing your job and losing your health care make sense. Tax-wise for the employee it’s even a bigger joke. The employer can deduct it, but if you buy your own you can’t.
So the anecdotal case is setup by Gooferment stupidity and the author argues for more Gooferment stupidity to “fix” it.
Second, let’s look at the anecdotal case advanced as the argument for more Gooferment stupidity.
Smoker, who relied on his employer for “health insurance”, when forced to get his own, does NOT.
Note now the story ADMITS he took a chance when he could find it AT A PRICE HE WAS WILLING TO PAY. Very cagy use of the word “affordable”!
So did try to mitigate his risks? Stop smoking, go for regular care, … what were his habits and choices when he had the insurance from his employer.
NOW, I feel sad that he took a chance and it came up snake eyes for him.
The bright spot — according to the article — is he has NOW transferred the costs of his choices to the taxpayers. And, everyone gets worse “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else to adopt this socialist meme.
Sorry, but this article is an indictment of Gooferment!
Further, I can NOT imagine if he showed up at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene Oregon, that he would not have been cared for promptly and efficiently. (Yeah, I spent the first few years of my life in Oregon!)
All hospitals have a “charity care” account.
So, the President, the politicians, and bureaucrats have lied through their smiles to get us on the path to be a European Socialist nation. And, we are supposed to spend ourselves broke to try to make up for the bad choices of others?
Shame. Shame on them, the NYT, and the liberal socialists for being deceitful.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
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[JR: Here’s a anecdotal story on the other side of the scale.]
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