Obama Supporters Hammack and Brothers Lose Health Insurance: They are “Hurt” – Oh Noes, Not Me!

California’s Kaiser Permanente told writer Charles Ornstein that everyone who has benefitted from the “current” system,” meaning you with your insurance – the insurance you like, will now see “different people” benefit from Obama’s plan. Not more people, but “different people.” This is the “fundamental transformation” and the “redistribution of wealth” America was promised. Here’s the story:


Lee Hammack and his wife JoEllen Brothers think Barack Obama is swell. They are long-time Democrats and donate to Organizing for America (OFA), Obama’s funding machine. They are healthy, had good insurance for years – longer than they’ve loved Barack probably, and yet, imagine this: they had their really, really good health insurance with Kaiser canceled because “it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”

They are 60-years-old and 59-years-old and in good health. Hammack, a San Francisco architect, and Brothers do not qualify for “premium subsidies,” meaning they do not qualify for taxpayer assistance. They paid $550 per month for their Kaiser coverage. A replacement policy that pleases Obama-nazis will cost them $1,300 per month with higher out-of-pocket expenses. But Hammack has a plan: try to lower income or, as any good Democrat would do, scam the system by shifting more money toward a retirement account” so that he can apply for poverty-level subsidies, taking money out of your pocket and mine.

This plan was ending, Kaiser’s letters told them, because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. “Everything is taken care of,” the letters said. “There’s nothing you need to do.”

Shut-up, sit back and take what we give you:

The letters said the couple would be enrolled in new Kaiser plans that would cost nearly $1,300 a month for the two of them (more than $15,000 a year)…

And for that higher amount, what would they get? A higher deductible ($4,500), a higher out-of-pocket maximum ($6,350), higher hospital costs (40 percent of the cost) and possibly higher costs for doctor visits and drugs.

When they shopped around and looked for a different plan on California’s new health insurance marketplace, Covered California, the cheapest one was $975, with hefty deductibles and copays.

Ornstein writing at ProPublica said he tried to “find flaws” in Hammack’s story and could find none. He phoned Kaiser and spoke to Chris Stenrud:

“In a few cases, we are able to find coverage for them that is less expensive, but in most cases, we’re not because, in sort of pure economic terms, they are people who benefited from the current system … Now that the market rules are changing, there will be different people who benefit and different people who don’t.”


Hammack is “hurt” but not changing his views:

“We’re not changing our views because of this situation, but it hurt to hear Obama saying, just the other day, that if our plan has been dropped it’s because it wasn’t any good, and our costs would go up only slightly,” he said. “We’re gratified that the press is on the case, but frustrated that the stewards of the ACA don’t seem to have heard.”


Yeah well, had the press been on “the case” from the beginning, Hammack wouldn’t have the problem he has today. Had he listened and demanded accountability from his CongressCritter, like reading the bill, things might be different today. Had they stopped to understand that not a single Republican voted for ObamaCare and ponder the possibility that maybe . . . just maybe, the lack of support had nothing to do with partisan politics, things might be different today. Had Hammack and Brothers considered completely free-market solutions (oh noes, not the ‘free market’) things might be much different and much better today.

What is different today is that “social justice” is undoing our lives. What is different today is that “different” people will benefit – not you – by design – not by accident, and that has been the plan all along. Read the entire article at ProPulbica

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