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Not Wealthy Enough To Meet Skyrocketing Rates, “Middle Class Is Being Crushed By Obamacare”

Michael Snyder
August 22nd, 2016
Economic Collapse Blog
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This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse blog.

Editor’s Comment: This insurance scam – enforced essentially at gunpoint – is absolutely devastating to the those paying out of pocket, who are forced to meet ridiculous premiums, or the threat of a rather significant fine.

Michael Snyder makes a great point that is true not only for Obamacare, and its colossal injustice, but for post-collapse America in general. The middle class is not wealthy enough to pay outright as the rich can, and they aren’t poor enough either to qualify for free healthcare, government assistance, etc.

Of course, the vast majority of the middle class and working class do not want to live under government assistance, receive handouts, etc. But the forced purchase of absolutely outrageously high healthcare is driving people in that direction. This is particularly true for people working free lance, who own their own business or who are attempting to work for themselves in any other capacity. Paying out of pocket, particularly for a family with children, is an incredible burden, and something has to give. Of course, employers are hiring fewer people – depriving more people of middle class status and/or good jobs – as they are forced to shoulder health care costs. The whole thing is disastrous.

The divisions of society along the wealth gap lines are intensifying – it is as if they actually WANT people to go on welfare and become forcibly dependent upon government for their very existence.

As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class

by Michael Snyder

The critics of Obamacare have been proven right.  The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers because of suffocating health care costs.  As you will see below, even the Federal Reserve is admitting this.  The Obama administration also promised that the big health insurance companies would love the new Obamacare plans and would eagerly compete with one another to win customers in the new health insurance marketplaces.  Instead, many of the big health insurance companies are now dropping Obamacare plans altogether.

We witnessed the latest stunning example of this phenomenon just a few days ago.  It turns out that Aetna has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars on plans sold through the health exchanges, and now they plan to pull out of the program almost entirely

Earlier this week, Aetna, which covers about 900,000 people through the health exchanges created under Obamacare, announced that it would dramatically reduce its presence those exchanges. Instead of expanding into five new states this year, as the insurer had previously planned, the company said that it would drop out of 11 of the 15 states in which it currently sells under the law.

Aetna’s decision follows similar moves from other insurers: UnitedHealth announced in April that it would cease selling plans on most exchanges. Shortly after, Humana pulled out of two states, Virginia and Alabama. More than a dozen of the nonprofit health insurance cooperatives set up under the law—health insurance carriers created using government-back loans in order to spur competition—have failed entirely. While some insurers are entering the exchanges, even more are leaving.

Another one of “the big five”, UnitedHealth, is going to lose more than half a billion dollars on Obamacare plans.  So just a few months ago they also announced that they would be dramatically scaling back their participation in the program.

Because of the ridiculous costs, health insurance companies are either going to have to abandon the exchanges completely or they will have to raise rates substantially.

Needless to say, the people that are going to ultimately feel the pain from all of this are consumers

Customers who are now forced to obtain insurance or pay a hefty fine that grows more costly over time are being left in a difficult position. Americans are essentially stuck between a rock and hard place, either losing coverage entirely, or having to cough up money for a plan they can’t afford.

Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, a healthcare law expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.

On the low end of the spectrum, tens of millions of poor Americans benefit from government programs that provide health care at little or no cost.

On the other end of the spectrum, the very wealthy can afford to pay the ridiculously high health insurance premiums that we are seeing under Obamacare.

So what this means is that the people that are being hurt the most by Obamacare are those that belong to the middle class.

As I mentioned above, employers are now hiring less workers because of Obamacare, and that is very bad news for the middle class.  One recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York discovered that nearly one out of every five firms is “employing fewer workers” because of this insidious law

According to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 20.9% of manufacturing firms in the state said they were employing fewer workers because of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law known as Obamacare, while 16.8% of respondents in the service sector said the same.

And middle class Americans that have to pay for their own health insurance are being hit with much higher bills these days.  According to one recent study, it is being projected that the average Obamacare premium will go up 24 percent in 2016…

Now, courtesy of a new study by independent analyst Charles Gaba – who has crunched the numbers for insurers participating in the ACA exchanges in all 50 states – we can also calculate what the average Obamacare premium increase across the entire US will be: using proposed and approved rate increase requests, the average Obamacare premium is expected to surge by a whopping 24% this year.

Even NBC News, which is about as pro-Obama as you can get, is reporting on the crippling premium increases that are devastating the middle class…

Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies.

Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the home stretch.

“I don’t know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I’m trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt,” said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.

All over the nation people are getting hit like this.

Personally, my health insurance company wanted to nearly double the rate I was paying when Obamacare fully kicked in.  So I searched around and found another plan that was only about a 30 percent increase, but at least it wasn’t nearly double what I had been paying before.

But when the time came to renew that plan, they wanted to jump my premium up another 50 percent per month.

Those of us that are in the middle are being crushed by Obamacare.  We aren’t poor enough to qualify for government assistance, and we aren’t wealthy enough for these ridiculous health insurance premiums not to matter.

Just about everything that Barack Obama promised us about Obamacare has turned out to be a lie.

So where in the accountability?

This is one of the big reasons why nearly one out of every five U.S. adults lives with their parents or their grandparents these days.  Many young adults cannot afford the basics of life such as health insurance, and so they have got to find a way to cut back expenses somewhere.  If that means moving back in with Mom and Dad, that is what some of them are going to do.

I am astounded that our system of health care has become so messed up.  But this is just more evidence of how our society is falling apart in thousands of different ways, and I am not optimistic that things will be turned around any time soon.


GetPreparedNow-MichaelSnyderBarbaraFixMichael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

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  1. WhoWTFKnows.... says:

    That’s why I did not sign up. Another Grabberment Scam to fleece the public.

    ~WWTI…

    • Adolf Hitler tries to have surgery under Obamacare

      Duration: 3:58

      https://youtu.be/hZq4JiCjFUE

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      Like I would want my personal medical records blood type and DNA in possession of the Government to exploit. Not on my watch.

      ~WWTI…

    • Apache54 says:

      BEFORE obuttcare came out, my top of the line health insurance at work cost me $150.00 a month (wife and child) AFTER his obuttcare came out the policy was cancelled and the NEW and ONLY choice was $1200.00 a month!! WOW what a great deal that was!!! NEVER ever let the feds run anything, it is NEVER cost effective, and yes i spent lots of time seeing the contracts and working with them. and they are ALWAYS on a political agenda. never about what is good and what works, it was always the good ole boys scratch mine and i will take care of you, until the next political power change happens!!!

  2. The “APE CARE” is owned by the Jew owners of the insurance corps owned by the Jew owners of the Wall street pigs.

    Kill the tumor first.

    • Stuart says:

      It’s the insurance companies that are loosing their ass you ignorant communism spouting moron.

    • Braveheart1776 says:

      Stolz, if I were any of those people, I would cut off Obamacare altogether. I never signed up for it and never will. I’ll take my chances.

      • grandee says:

        My sister is of the same mind. She is one of the working poor of America.

        I went through the arduous task of crunching the numbers to see if she would qualify for an exemption. She did not.

        Her penalty tax was $360 or so. But do you know what it’s called in the gov paperwork?????

        Not penalty or even penalty tax.

        It is called “your fair share”.

        She was required to pay her fair share.

        Of course she did not. What are they going to do? Take her dog or car? It’s all she has to call her own.

  3. rabbitone says:

    Before Obama’s second term I read a paper (can’t remember the author) on what would happen in that term. I never forgot the opening line in that paper. The paragraph started “…Obama’s mission, that will continue in his second term, will be to strip the assets of the suburbs and deliver them to the cities…” It looks like for the moment he is going to succeed in that mission.

    • Menzoberranzan says:

      If you are healthy, do not buy health insurance. Use the hardship loopholes to avoid the fines and say fuck you to these greedy bastards.

    • Rabbit one:

      It seems that the Mission of Obama lines up perfectly with the Mission of Black Lives Don’t Matter.

      ____

    • Karl V. says:

      At least the article that you quote was bluntly honest in reporting Obama’s objectives. I don’t seem much of that happening lately.

      The local paper here (the Portland Press-Herald) consistently presents slanted, partisan articles and editorials, and does not even pretend to be objective. Indeed, the paper proudly revels in its role as a sympathizer of the Left, and as a disseminater of leftist propaganda.

      Thus, on August 19, staff writer Joe Lawlor presented readers with a story on upcoming cost increases, with this yawn-inducing headline: “Double-digit rate hikes OK’d for ACA health plans”.

      I wonder how many people simply passed over this story, which would certainly have gotten far more attention with the headline: “Obamacare costs skyrocket”.

      The name ‘Obama’ is only mentioned once: in the “continued” section of the story, buried inside the paper. The word ‘Democrat’ is not used at all. The article reassures readers with soothing mention of subsidies; but cost figures are presented in a monthly format for a single individual — which underplays the very large annual cost for an entire family. There is not a single mention of any negative consequences of the “Affordable” Care Act — not one.

      Liberals love to howl in anguish about Fox News. I never hear them criticize any other news source, and from what I observe lately, it’s because Fox is the only one that is not solidly left-wing. The left seems to have co-opted virtually all the print media in this country.

      A final note: To my great surprise, ‘Dilber’ creator Scott Adams is now publicly advocating voting for Trump for a novel reason: marketslant.com/articles/dilbert-trump

  4. Godsoldier says:

    Yep poor insurance companies are crying about how they are getting hurt my ass and my heart pumps purple piss for them they are making money hand over fist from all the premium invested and obaba care was a forceing of people to pay the insurance companies even if your healthy you have to have insurance oh but look how that worked out for the insurance industry they diddent figure every one would run to the dr for everything oh whats that an odd freckle appeared on you well lets do 5k worth of tests and treatment for it just wait for it cus when the market crashes the insurance industry will crash too every one shall reap what they sown do you think the gov will bail them out too like the banks and car mfg nope cus the gove b broke too this shit b better than watching walking dead well almost

    • boyo says:

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-21/karl-denninger-rages-stop-stupid

      Healthcare is a money making scheme on the lower end ( see your general practitioner and they send you to a specialist who may refer you to someone else and 3 different labs)

      Healthcare by function must protect itself from litigation. How many people self prescribe medicine to themselves because they think they have what the new drug commercial says is out there? “Talk to your doctor about…(insert drug name here.)” Heaven forbid someone does have what they think they have and it is not diagnosed. There is an army of lawyers waiting for a misdiagnosis, any misdiagnosis.

      I personally don’t trust the medical establishment to put me back together chemically. If I’m broken in several spots with a missing piece or two, I think an overpriced carpenter is in order.

    • Emily says:

      Come up for air, Godsoldier, and take a breath. Then put some punctuation in your comment, please.

    • Jimb says:

      They are rich Only because you are forced by the government to buy their product you dumb ass.

      • NIghtlyJazz says:

        Jimb. They were rich before ACA. They are whining because they are not making as much money. Now that people have healthcare, they are going to the Dr and these insurance companies are not getting paid a great deal from the government.

  5. ComeAndTakeItInTexas says:

    ObummerCare was a sham from day one…preordained to failure. Our family rate tripled in the past two years. We opted-out, and pay cash. Docs love cash and will offer deep discounts for regular appts.
    They can also take the non-enforceable penalties (forced taxation), and shove it up their liberal a^^es!!!
    Let’s hope this gets repealed with a new administration!!!

  6. Godsoldier says:

    Buy antibiotics 30rd mags and ammo lots of ammo and after all is said and done the meek shal inherit the earth and mind you meek does not only refer to weak but small so keep on prepping and being the small humble prepper lay low and watch the show

    • 2ifbyC says:

      Many equate Meekness with weakness. Many assume the term means weak, tame, or deficient in courage. But the biblical understanding of meekness is power, or strength under control. In the Old Testament, Moses was described as the meekest man on earth.

    • Winston Smith says:

      Remember also that many antibiotics are sold over the counter if you get them under different brand names at animal feed and pet stores. You still need the dosing information though as the wrong dose or duration can lead to serious consequences.

      • Plan twice, prep once says:

        WS,
        If anyone buys fish or pet antibiotics, just go to the manufacture web site and download the full medical data sheet, there are also doctor guide sites that discuss dosage and treatment routines. Print it all out and put it in a three ring binder, as well save the data on CD so it’s searchable.

  7. Cara says:

    The health care system is being used to destroy the middle class. They must pay far higher premiums to cover themselves and those who can’t afford to pay.
    When Russian communists took over they attacked the people so they could gain control. China waged a similar war against the people and so did Cuba. Anyone who was educated or a business owner or teacher was in their cross hairs. Those people where the equivalent of the middle class in those nations. Today this is a communist war against the middle class but the bullets are financial.
    The Obamacare plan was tried and failed in Chicago so they knew how this would turn out. The Clintons tried to get government run medical and the people shouted no. Then Obama tried for it and same response so this was put in place to it would be soooo painful that the people would take anything else to get rid of it. They will get government/communist/socialist healthcare run by the feds. That has always been their plan.

    • orsobubu says:

      Cara, communism – in the correct terminology by Marx, Engels and Lenin – is a scientific definition for a production system without wage work, exploitation, surplus value, money, capital, banks and market. In past century USSR, China, etc and in US today, there are/were wage work, exploitation, surplus value, money, capital, banks and market. The scientific definition for an economic model where free market is heavily controlled by state bureaucracy, is “state capitalism”. Please try to use more appropriate scientific definitions instead of ideological ones and forget communism, which is only a program for the future and never adopted in the whole history of mankind to date.

  8. anon says:

    Again, Hopeless. Simply Hopeless.

  9. stevor says:

    I hope the dumbocraps REALLY suffer from this.

  10. Kevin2 says:

    While this article is factual there is an underlying cause as to why many in the middle class cannot afford Obama Care or any decent medical insurance for that matter. The quality of US jobs has largely diminished due to free trade agreements. I walked out of HS in the mid 1970s and walked right into DuPont before turning 19 and passed numerous classmates at shift change time. Quitting there bit later I went into the Oil Refinery. Classmates went to Shell, Monsanto, Hercules, BF Goodrich, Texaco, Mobil, BP, Chrysler and GM. Such were the opportunities, all paid for medical insurance. We now have an eviscerated industrial base, jobs that kids did in the mall, adults delivering newspapers. The government is attempting to mandate what their policies made unaffordable.

  11. The mafia was just a business. They provided insurance. If you didn’t pay up, your business could be vandalized or burned to the ground. Pretty lucky that those smart businesses paid up. We have become so dependent on our masters, we hardly recognize when we’re getting fleeced. One of the reasons the mafias succeeded is that they donated to the poor and needy. This tactic is still strong in the philanthropy of the rich bastards.

    ___

  12. rellik says:

    “I am astounded that our system of health care has become so messed up”
    My answer is, we allow Democrats to survive and vote. I’m in the “kill them all and let God sort it out” mode.

    • You are still into the believe system of dems Vs Reps? John Roberts was the lead justice supporting this Jew owned system and he was the selection of the George Bush.

      How about we just kill them all.

      • Winston Smith says:

        And you still want to blame one religious and ethnic group for all the ills of mankind. Either way, both of you still believe in a simple binary logic of one group good, one group evil instead of seeing the world as a matrix of individuals with varying degrees of good and evil.

      • rellik says:

        It is really simple. Democrats should be taken out and shot. I’m not a Republican, barely a Libertarian, What I do know is what is a threat to my family. I kill dangerous animals if they get to close to my kids.

      • WhoWTFKnows... says:

        Agree Stolz, glad to see a few of us here wide awake.

        ~WWTI…

        • Them Guys says:

          WWTF and Stolz: We would probably be seeing at least 95%+ folks here at shtf that also would be as wide awake on these issues and especially the ziojew factor of it all.

          “If” they would simply Do the reading research and view a few good Videos that so well lay out every detail etc.

          And That Is what the biggest of all real problems are.

          These foks greatly Fear to do that since their main Fear is that “Gee What if I do view videos and research facts based truths,and find out that these few guys at shtf website forums actually are telling the abject Truths?! What if all I “thought” I knew about WWII and nazis Vs jews and all those too many claims made by members of that Holohoax Industry-Cash Cow Gang, really were/are mostly Falsehoods galore? What if 98% of all I thought I prior knew on WWI and especially WWII issues was based on Massive Lies I was taught as truth?!”

          Those couple issues alone, are The Most difficult of all issues for 99% of americans to even ponder about maybe being Lies and wrong infos etc.

          And that goes Double for them folks that have also been so lifetime brainwashed by apsoate pastors with all their falshoods which revolve around those Self-Chozens.

          They Mix falshoods and out of context Half verses of the bible, with also falsehoods of end times book of revelation issues. And today we have a huge number, likley at least a full Third of whiteys alone, that subscribe to every falshood as taught be it WWII-kommies-End times prophecy issues-and the self-chozens aka SCV-self chozen Vampires.

          No matter What they see or read or hear of various world events etc…They run to look thru a bible for Clues as to just How it plays out on book of rev prophecy.

          With their heads already fixated on certain events certain to happen just as “Pastor” claimed it will!

          Even though every such pastors rants and raves on end time events for past 40+ yrs now has all been as accurate as most website Fear mongers like Hodges et al has been.

          In other words everyone has been totally wrong so far. But as long as they keep Re-producing New end times videos and claim they got a “New advanced word from God” that Now they Really do know the real true deal folks!

          Yeah they can always count on those so duped fools to buy that brand New video or prophecy Book with all the new info God just last nite revealed to Only them select few pastors. And once read or viewed the duped again believe whatever it told them to!

          yet Just try to get them same dupes to read or view a few facts truth articles or videos eh? Never gonna happen!

          They too Fear finding out that most all they thought they knew of nazis and hitler and WWII etc was 98% wrong and outright Lies.

          And all those WWII issue Lies IS the main primary thing so used to keep the duped on the reservation so they remain forever duped as can be.

          Because the only single thing Feared by those ziojews and shabozz goys in NY and DC and Telaviv and London is one major fact.

          That fact is IF enough duped souls ever do finally figure it all out and learn real truth about these very issues and eras?…Then they, the ziojew and shabozz goy PTB folk, will Fast see their latest Host nation of america become nation #110 to give their evil nafarious asses the big bootout same as the Prior 109 nations peoples did once they figured out whom and what was so wrecking Their 109 nations before the judenrats infiltrated america since 1880.

          Very Ironic when one consideres that in Every prior senario such as current america faces now, it was Always them stalwart duped defenders and unquestioning supporters type fools, which those judenrats/Kommies first butchered and killed off once they didn’t require that defence nor unquestioned support any longer eh.

          And their phony apostate pastors won’t ever have any info or new “gods words” videos to assist their bad plight once that unfolds.

          So Far, the greatest ever 20th century Hoax of all time has been the zios Holohoax and faked six million number.

          And very likly that americas community of aprox 60+-Million Duped israel firsters and worshippers of all issues jewry and of the self chozens themselves, is the largest total number so duped into abject unquestioned defense and support of the rats nest ever yet seen in history.

          The Biggest Ever 20th century Hoax, and the largest ever size group of such duped souls!

          And the Fact that so many regulars here continue to complain, and demand proofs etc, have Never as yet even took a few hours time to research or view such many tons of proof-Links and various articles and videos/vid links some of us few here have posted up here so often and so many times…Proves that they wish to Remain duped and do not mean it when then demand links or proofs eh.

          For if they actually did that research of real truths about those zios and self chozens and WWII issues?

          Then they too would Now be trying to educate and wize up others same as we few here do. Truth and Facts! get some while its still available online.

  13. ComeAndTakeItInTexas says:

    Let’s hope Trump can repeal it altogether…pray for our country!!!

    • Gonetoolong says:

      Hoping, but not holding my breath. It crushed us and now have no health insurance. Thought maybe in 2017, but looks like the premiums in my state are set to rise 20% next year. Oh well, I will try to keep my family healthy.

  14. Just-John says:

    I can’t wait until this ASSHOLE leaves office…

  15. Jim in Va. says:

    Here, take this green pill…..it was nice knowing you.

  16. beer drinker says:

    change has come to America!

  17. AR Sheep Dog says:

    If you are healthy, get a plan without prescription drug coverage. We did, and are saving over $900 per month. You can join Walgreens, etc. memberships (about $20/yr) and your drugs cost damn near the same as you do with normal prescription coverage. Believe me.

    Health care if bucked up. You know it is when you application includes maternity care – I do not need maternity care, I am a man!

    All by design. What it is happening should be criminal.

  18. Anonymous says:

    So who is making money off this venture? I assure you some entity is.

    • Horse'sass says:

      Qui Bono? (Who Benefits?)
      Indeed, that is the first question you have to ask.

      Start with the drug companies, who pay the media to advertise the drugs, to the pretty girls who get jobs as sales reps to flirt with the physicians (reps don’t know a damn thing about medicine/biology /phsyiology etc), to the lobbyists to get health care laws favorable to big pharma’s interests, to politicians who keep their jobs by taking bribes from big pharma lobbyists, and from there the politicians hire more media advertisments for re-election.

      Meanwhile, back to the drug companies who pay researchers and reviewers who “review” the medications through the FDA as well as “peer review”, the former who as government workers in turn are paid by the tax payer and slipped a few bribes by the drug companies to allow the drug to come on market, even if it is defective or possibly even deleterious to the patient, to the requirement that phsyicians and nurses attend continued medical education to “understand” the indications for these drugs which means meetings, convention center rentals to hold the meetings, airline tickets,taxi rentals and hotel rooms to accomodate the doctors and medical professionals who attend these meetings, to the accountants and billing companies who teach hospitals and doctors how to buy and bill for these medications. Get the picture where this is going?

      Money “targeted”for health care is being spent on EVERYTHING BUT HEALTH CARE!!!

      Now I’d get into the hospitals, but by the time I get into all the bureaucracy around running a hospital, especially a for profit one, including computer programmers, accountants, administration, stock holder dividends, compliance regulation, Joint Commission Accreditationof Hospitals (JACH), marketing, etc, I’d be exhausted. Again the questions remains: Where the hell did the money go?

      And don’t gt me started about medical malpractice insurance, having to pay lawyers- both Plaintiff contingency awards and Defense Attorneys’ fees, continuing medical eduction and relicensing fees etc.

      Medicine today is doomed. It was doomed before Obamacare. But instead of putting the nails in the coffin with a simple hammer, Obama has decided to get the job done more quickly with a nail gun.

      Stay healthy my friends, even if you can’t stay finacially solvent.

  19. Satori says:

    Our Society Is Sick, Our Economy Exploitive and our Politics Corrupt

    h ttp://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug16/sick-corrupt8-16.html

    “Longtime correspondent John F., M.D. has been sending me a steady stream of media accounts of pharma companies jacking up prices by 400% and 500%, even though the medications are off-patent and have been around for years or even decades.”

    I just have to laugh EVERY time I hear some idiot say
    that the private sector can do everything better
    you have to be a REAL dumb ass to believe that spiel

    no longer able to afford yer meds ?
    then drop dead

    • Kevin2 says:

      The private sector invents and innovates, I don’t recall communists inventing too much. Regulation is needed to contain the acquisition of too much power that buys politicians thus turning capitalism into blatant corrupt crony capitalism / neo conservative. Before 1871, if you wished to form a corporation it was required to prove that it was being done to promote the public good. Corporations later received the same Constitutional protections as an individual; while their “rights” grow ours decrease. I don’t think this was the intent of our Founding Fathers.

  20. Son Of Liberty says:

    Looks like a picture of GNat Turds lil dingo boyfriend obozo on the article cover. That pos ni gg er Gnat sure has been quiet since we put him in his place on that last article.
    It would be too funny if we ignore all of his inferiority based comments he makes on this site and just recognize him for the unendowed (intellectually and you know what else) turd that he is and let him just comment and sulk from his ghetto shack.

  21. The reason that companies can jack up the prices of off-patent meds is because there is a government created monopoly in place that allows them to set their price against ZERO competition. It takes far too long and is too costly to bring another drug to the market, even an off-patent drug, and it’s all due to ridiculous government bureaucracy!!!!!

  22. rightwingterrorist says:

    The middle class was so full of guilt, they elected him twice.

    Or, at least they acquiesced when they didn’t openly revolt when it became clear that the election was a fraud.

  23. Its all going to collapse very soon. Don’t bother paying for health insurance. Get sick….go to emergency….get the big bill and never pay it. There wont be enough collection agencies to go after everybody. Liquidate all your assets, hold the money in gold and cash, put the rest of your assets in a trust, and declare bankruptcy.!!!!

  24. Warchild Dammit! says:

    This news makes me feel,well……,a bit ill!

  25. aljamo says:

    What sane person takes Big Pharma drugs anyway? Notice their TV ads are the longest duration on TV. These stupid names they come up with for these drugs. The listed possible adverse reactions are like russian roulette, who in their right mind would trust the shysters and take their poison pills? The FDA is is protecting the wrong side instead of the American people. Designer drug dealers are the worst drug dealers. The medical system is complete greed fraud.

  26. Asshat says:

    I get free United health for me and my three kids for free through the union they pay $400 a week for it and it is damn good they gave me a cvs card for scrips gets me meds for pennies on the dollar. Last time I needed meds I paid 40 cents out of pocket. But hey screw the unions who wants to pay $60 a month dues. Paying $400 week is a better deal. ?
    People Obummer care is better than a $900 emergency room visit. If you get sick or injured they will send you the bill. Logic is everyone will need to see a physician sooner or later. What about public health. If you are contagious with some new strain of virus you will avoid the doctors for fear of a big bill risking the public health at large. Healthcare for all makes sense. Some folks cannot afford insurance or don’t have a job that offers it. If anything you should be pissed at greedy corporations that keep wages low so you will be eligible to get programs at taxpayers expense through high taxes. You cannot pay if you struggle to pay for a place to live due to low wages offered by companies. I’ve said it before you should boycott consumer spending at retail box stores on your local strip. That’s where your beef should be. Do what you want but retailers and manufacturers will be forced to either pay higher wages or lower prices on products if the public at large holds out on patronizing and spending $ at their establishments. Put the squeeze back on them. I’ve been patching and nigger rigging stuff so I don’t have to spend $ in the stores. Now if everyone did this they would close or have to discount or come up with a plan to get people to spend $. Broke people don’t have $ to spend. They need jobs that pay to get the $ to spend. It comes back at them full tilt for not paying suitable wages. People minimum is$9.80 hr you have to put in 5 hours to make less than $50 how you gonna pay your rent killing yourself for peanuts. You will have to go out on a credit limb anyway you slice it. Don’t go to the retailers and spend $ trust me ive analyzed this very deeply they do not want a collapse but if their hand isn’t forced they will do nothing till your homeless. Do what you want but I know I’m right on this. It’s not gonna get better overnite but if everyone holds out spending long term I’m talking like 6 months and they will have to change the way they do business. ?

  27. Son Of Liberty says:

    I’ve never been more proud to be from houston. Check out daily storm and see the proud “white lives matter” patriots protesting in front of the naacp building in the NAGA infested 3rd ward ( probably where Gnat Turd lives). The blacks knew better than to attack them. Look at the pics.

    SOL

  28. Pontus says:

    Fuck the Kenyan usurper in the White House.

  29. Diana Manwaring says:

    I’m on Federal Employee Disability and SSDI. I had to give up my Federal employee health insurance at the end of last year due to the cost. I cannot go back to it in the future for any reason thanks to the stupid regs.

    I couldn’t afford Medicare Part B as there was no way I could carry both that and the FEHB, so I didn’t sign up for it.

    When I found out that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management had severely jacked up their rates last fall, I had no choice but to pretty much give up on any health coverage at all. I’m on Medicare Part A only as I can’t afford the late signup penalty for Part B.

    The spend-down for Medicaid is too high, so that is not an option.

    I was on the fast track for weight loss surgery and hernia repair when this happened, so there goes something else I desperately needed! All thanks to Obamacare. OPM’s insurance may not be directly connected to the “exchanges,” but I believe that everyone’s insurance – regardless of where it comes from – has been negatively affected by the so-called Affordable Care Act.

    It is affordable for only the insurance and healthcare industries. Oh, and the government as well.

    Obama & Company ought to be ashamed of themselves for this travesty. My only hope for decent health coverage – without the Lord’s direct intervention – is the election of Donald Trump.

    Hillary doesn’t give a crap about anyone but herself, so don’t count on her to do squat about this issue.

    I hope that someone from the Trump campaign will read this and encourage Mr. Trump to not only stop Obamacare, but also cancel the late signup penalties for Medicare Part B. Many people are being unfairly penalized and our lives are being jeopardized!

    I pray that my cancer doesn’t come back to haunt me or have some other health emergency. It will be the end of me because I’m not in the best of health. I don’t want to die young like my mother.

    • Damn Diana:

      You’re a mess. I say that with tons of love. But people like you are going about your life in a way that destines you to misery.

      Nobody needs weight loss surgery. That shit messes you up big time. The reason people have out of control appetites is because of 1. They have parasites. 2. They are eating or drinking food or additives (chemicals) they are allergic to which set them up for withdrawal symptoms, 3. Too much sugar which causes increased appetite, feeds parasites, and results in dementia and diabetes, and of course obesity.

      Lack of physical activity has many negative effects in human bodies. Blood sugar is higher in sedentary people with all that accompanies high blood sugar. Obesity is an underlying cause of Cancer. Everyone has Cancer cells. If you keep your body and mind in equilibrium, Cancer will stay under control.

      I recommend being under the care of a Naturopathic Physician. But since you are financially strapped and insurance may not cover costs, you are on your own. Many health food stores sell good books that can help you learn the tricks toward health. Here are a few. Prepare your own food from scratch. Use organic nonGMO foods. Use coconut oil. Eat apricot seeds (inside the hard pit). Use organic sugar and honey but limit of no more than two teaspoons per day, preferably of honey rather than sugar. Eat sweet potatoes steamed or boiled. Start your day with a bowl of steal cut organic oats and blueberries. Buy Kerry butter from grassfed cows. Use sparingly just a pat on steamed vegtables makes them taste better and allows your body to use the vegtables nutrients. Buy grassfed beef and lamb. Don’t eat hamburger (unless you grind it from one steak yourself). Don’t eat lunch meat, processed fake cheese product, sausages, bacon with nitrates. You can make sausages that are healthy yourself. Stay away from processed foods whether canned, baked, or whatever. Eat healthy out of your own garden when possible. Walk, swim, and dance. Find an activity you enjoy and get busy living.

      I hope this helps a little.

      ___

    • ” I don’t want to die young like my mother.”

      Dying is just a transition to something else. Something better? People in western culture are so afraid of dying that they would choose to live in a nursing home wearing urine soaked and feces filled diapers than face the fear of the unknown. Meanwhile the nursing homes, doctors and hospitals are laughing all the way to the bank.

      Religion unfortunately has played a big part in not allowing people to give other people a peaceful transition into death. Instead those with cancers that are terminal are forced to live months, sometimes years in agonizing pain because it is wrong to euthanize someone. Yet it’s OK to watch them suffer and not be able to help them. Pain meds won’t even touch it sometimes. Try upping the dose and you are met with doctors refusing because it would kill the patient to provide the dosage required to stop them from being in pain (unless you are lucky enough to be in hospice and have an angel of mercy). What is more cruel – unimaginable suffering until the body finally gives up or peacefully letting someone go?

      When I can no longer do for myself I will consider this life done for me. I refuse to prolong my life for fear of what is in the next life.

  30. WhoWTFKnows... says:

    Right off the Bat, ObamaScare web site did not work. Like $600 Million paid to a web builder that could not build a website. I was afraid my personal info would be hacked. So I said screw that. And my premiums would have been double what I was paying for with private ins. As my income was high then. And I was healthy. Ive saved about $40 K over the last 7 yrs. With no Insurance premiums. I took off all last year from work to work on my BOL, and figured to get cheap Ins i need to have low income reflected. An just pay a cheap penalty. I have gone to a Dr a few times, told them I was self pay with cash and they loved that and was barely charged anything. I also did have dental Ins and after getting everthing done i needed before moving to my BOL. I then dropped the Dental Ins also. Off the grid means getting off everthing. Screw the Govnt. No DNA FOR YOU. I will self medicate and take my chances. I am an ex paramedic with fish antibiotics, suture kits, and a pretty good medical kit, and have done minor surgery on myself with no pain killer. So WTF.. Party on on…

    -WWTI…

  31. dandelion says:

    Why on earth is healthcare so expensive in the US? I mean it is NOT a problem that there is a general (or not so general) healthcare for everyone the problem is that everything is more expensive than elsewere.
    In Australia we have medicare and it is for everybody, but probably our pollies want to copy the sucessfull American system….
    In American I would always go to a traditional Chinese doctor. They are cheap and effective. (That is why Mao did not adapt the Western scientific system it was too expensive).

  32. Mr Smith says:

    Revoloution will sort things out, we are well over due one and someone needs to deal with the bankers who get QE from the government as we all get pissed on.

    Cops that go into work on that day should not have a home to come back too and thats the price for being a paid traitor in my book and helping the elite to piss all over us.

  33. Ruteger says:

    Note to all: STOP BLAMING OBAMA! Congress passed ObamaCare into law. Without their complicity, Obama can do NOTHING. They could/should have impeached him years ago, but they are just as corrupt as he is.

 

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