Abandoning ship

Lawmakers consider fleeing Obamacare, leaving citizens to suffer

How would you feel as an ordinary passenger upon learning that top officers on the Titanic were thinking about grabbing the first lifeboat? Before many of the passengers even saw the iceberg?

It’s apparently happening, except that the Titanic, in this case, is Obamacare.

A Politico.com report this week says “dozens” of Washington lawmakers and their aides are considering leaving their jobs just to avoid what they fear will be “exorbitantly expensive” health-care benefits under the new federal law taking effect.

“Sources said several aides have already given lawmakers notice that they’ll be leaving over concerns about Obamacare,” Politico writes. “Republican and Democratic lawmakers said the chatter about retiring now, to remain on the current health-care plan, is constant.”

Yes, those in Congress who quit now will supposedly be able to retain their current gold-plated health plans while we’re forced onto Obamacare.

“It’s going to hinder our ability for members to take care of their families,” Politico quotes Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, adding that “he said his fellow lawmakers are having ‘quiet conversations’ about the threat.”

What does that portend for the least of us – that even our gilded rulers in the nation’s capital are looking at abandoning ship? The same ship, mind you, that they put us on and appear prepared to leave us on?

There are two principal differences between us and our rulers in this instance. One is that they are seeing the iceberg earlier and more clearly than most of us passengers – and, two, that they have an exit strategy.

There will be no such escape available to the rest of us.

The iceberg will likely come into full view for the rest of us this fall, when shocking and unlivable insurance premiums are increasingly rolled out.

Officials in Ohio – one of the handful of states that assured Obamacare would stay in place by re-electing Mr. Obama – are warning of staggering increases in health insurance premiums. A policy for a 25-year-old male that cost about $30 a month this year would leap to about $200 a month next year.

That’s for healthy young bucks, mind you. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, notes Forbes magazine, says the state’s “average individual-market health insurance premium in 2014 will come in around $420, ‘representing an increase of 88 percent’.”

“Consumers will have fewer choices and pay much higher premiums for their health insurance starting in 2014,” Taylor said.

The numbers are even more dire in California: Forbes reports premiums there could rise as much as 146 percent.

All this from the Orwellian-named “Affordable Care Act.”

It seems designed to prod the country to a single-payer – i.e., European-style government – health-care system.

We may, in short, be watching the dismantling of the greatest health-care system in the world.

In a season of scandals, that would be the biggest.

You and your family might start looking for icebergs.

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