J. D. Heyes
October 11, 2013
I can’t think of a time when a law merely “collapsed” on itself, but if there is one law that could possibly collapse enough to invite major reforms or repeal, it might just be the gargantuan, liberty-stealing and massively expensive Obamacare.
Slowly but surely, Americans are discovering what a nightmare the so-called “Affordable” Care Act is turning out to be. Mostly, Americans are discovering a) that Obamacare is not “affordable” but incredibly (and, in many cases prohibitively) expensive; and b) the law’s promises are matching up to reality.
After $6,000 in deductibles, of course
In a letter posted online that has gone viral, one University of Michigan graduate said that Obamacare has “raped” her future. As reported by CBS DC:
Ashley Dionne, 26, posted the now-viral letter to conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page earlier this week.
She explains how she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, at which point she was told she was “too educated and wouldn’t stay” at low-paying jobs.
Dionne writes that she has a series of medical conditions, and the Obamacare system pushes her out of a system that favors the non-working poor.
“I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my ‘Young Adult Plan,’ to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course,” she wrote in her post.
“Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all,” she said, adding that she has tried to find a second job to supplement her income but has been unable to do so.
Several analysts have said that the “success” of Obamacare is built on the very same principle that private health insurance companies depend upon: the enrollment of tons of young, healthy adults whose premiums go to pay for the care of older, sicker enrollees.
According to Florida’s Sun Times:
Will one of the key elements of the Affordable Care Act work the way it’s supposed to? That could depend on whether young people who don’t have health insurance decide to get it.
And so far, that figure is alarmingly low.
‘This law has raped my future’
As for Dionne, she writes that, despite landing a job at a gym, she is only given 32 hours per week and earns just $8 an hour. She bluntly adds that Obamacare costs are only going to increase an already difficult, unpromising employment and economic outlook for the nation’s youngest job-seekers.
“This law has raped my future,” she writes. “It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all. This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.”
In June, the ultra-liberal Center for American Progress reported that the unemployment rate for young adults aged 16-24 was about 16.2 percent, more than double the national average.
In an interview with the online publication Campus Reform, Dionne said, “I wanted to get my message about Obamacare out, because I’m being directly and negatively affected by it, but I know it’s not just me. Obamacare will make my life more difficult. It will hurt more people than it will help.”
So much for promises.
This article was posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:16 am