Found it on Facebook: People are beginning to catch onto the scope of the Obamacare fraud

obama-doctor-needleNo matter where you are in America, the definition for fraud is pretty consistent: Making intentional misrepresentations to people in order to induce them to change their position to their detriment and your benefit. Since October 1, growing numbers of Americans are realizing that they have been the victims of fraud on a spectacular scale, thanks to Obama and the Democrats.  That’s why it’s so ironic that Republicans have suddenly decided that Obamacare is here to stay.

As an example of people’s growing disaffection, I offer a Facebook thread from true blue Marin County. In order to protect people’s privacy, I’ve changed their names and slightly altered wording so that a computer search cannot tie this post to their Facebook accounts. Subject to that non-substantive massaging, the following is an entirely accurate replay of a post a Marin friend put up this morning, followed by comments from friends and neighbors (myself included):

Unhapppy Customer: My Blue Cross insurer is now the worst. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am, because I used to get wonderful insurance from this company. Thanks, Obamacare!

Friend 1: Oh, dear. That’s my insurer too.

Friend 2: I get my insurance from [a non-Blue Cross company]. I make too much money to get an Obamacare subsidy, but I cannot afford very good coverage. I make too much money for Obamacare, and not enough to afford really good coverage. I just had an outpatient surgery the other day, and it’s going to cost me almost $9,000.

Unhappy Customer: I’m really sorry to hear that, Friend 2. I also don’t get subsidies, so I have to pay for everything. The promise was free preventative care, but that’s not what’s happening. Instead, I’ll have to pay out-of-pocket if I want to see my long-time doctors, because none of them are in the Blue Cross network.

Friend 3: I couldn’t agree more. I used to like my Blue Cross Plan. Under Obamacare, though, almost none of my medications are covered. Worse, my deductible has gotten so high, it’s the same as being uninsured for most things.

Friend 4: It wasn’t the recession that killed America’s middle class. It’s Obamacare that’s doing the job.

Bookworm: It’s shocking that, back in 2009, people actually believed the government could mandate vastly more coverage (a lot of which people don’t want), plus huge subsidies, while simultaneously lowering everyone’s premiums by $2,500 per year, not to mention promising that they could keep their doctors and their hospitals.

It’s especially amazing that we were supposed to believe all this could happen when it was overseen by the same state and local governments that destroyed Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and that gave us the wonders of the DMV.

The con should have been obvious, but everyone was so swept away in the rapture of the moment, they couldn’t or wouldn’t acknowledge the problem.

Since I put the above into this post, someone added the usual comment insisting that we should go to Medicare entirely.  She backed off, though, when I pointed out rampant fraud in Medicare (do we really want more of that?), as well as the fact that those countries that have single payer have better access but worse outcomes. I then suggested to everyone in the thread that the open market, where consumers are more in touch with costs — a marketplace without layers of employers, insurance, and government regulations — could lead to both better service and lower costs. The person in favor of Medicare actually thought that the open market wasn’t a terrible idea.

I’ll keep you posted if any other interesting comments pop up on that Facebook thread.

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  • jj

    And if these people are all about your age – congratulations: by the time you arrive at Medicare, it’ll be altogether gone!  Nothing!  Empty!  Drained to pay for Jugearscare!  Ambergris Island, you’re looking better and better.

  • Ymarsakar

    So long as the feds can print more money, they will never run out of money. People might run out of money as toilet paper, but that’s just it.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Blame Bush! 


    April numbers are in and to no one’s surprise….
    One-third of Obamacare federal exchange signer-uppers haven’t paid

    • Ymarsakar

      The gov pretends to work, and the people pretend to pay them.

  • Charles Martel

    I still think that all this will do is make Book’s Facebook friends scream for single payer. It’s obvious that the insurance companies are screwing people by manipulating the belatedly understood Pelosian elements of Obamacare. This will produce the equivalent of the Russians’ perpetual lament: “If only the Czar knew! If only Stalin knew!” When Blessed Obama does find out, in his mercy he will push for single payer and the sacred Marinite worldview will be saved!

    • Ymarsakar

      California’s fog of social consensus is not to be underestimated.

  • Earl

    BW, you really ARE a troublemaker, aren’t you?
    I’m afraid that Martel may be correct, sadly…..I’ve got a friend who’s an ER physician (hired by a big company that supplies hospitals all over the place, so he has NO clue to the actual business of medicine – he’s an employee) and he INSISTS that S.S. and Medicare are solvent (and that healthcare and medicine should be “free”).  
    We’ve been exchanging e-mails about this for some time – mine long, arguing for my position, and citing sources; his short, scornful, and ignoring the meat of what I said in order to “score” with a soundbite.
    This last was too much – I sent him Wiki(freaking)pedia showing S.S. to be bankrupt and Medicare worse, and  challenged him to provide me with a rational argument against it…..OR, STFU because I was done.
    Haven’t heard back since….part of me is sad, but it’s also a relief.

    • Ymarsakar

      The only thing that can control zombies is emotion. And the only thing Leftists listen to is power.