Lori Gottlieb, a lock-step liberal writer for the New York Times, has just been mugged by Obamacare.
And by those whom she thought were her friends.
Ms. Gottlieb had the chutzpah to complain about her ObamaCare-KafkaCare experience in the New York Times, and she is shocked, just shocked, that the outpouring of sympathy she expected, has become a torrent of self-righteous abuse.
The Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to pay for the Affordable Care Act-compliant option: now if I have Stage 4 cancer or need a sex-change operation, I’d be covered regardless of pre-existing conditions. Never mind that the new provider network would eliminate coverage for my and my son’s long-term doctors and hospitals.
Let’s see, Ms. Gottlieb only has to shell out $5,400 extra so that she can lose the doctors she likes. But look what she gets in return: Treatment for Stage 4 cancer. Which she doesn’t have. Plus, deeply confused people can now have their genitals mutilated. Maybe Lori will wake up tomorrow morning and decide she’s really Larry. That’s when she’ll be grateful for the wisdom of ObamaCare.
“Obamacare or Kafkacare?” I posted on Facebook as soon as I hung up with Anthem. I vented about the call and wrote that the president should be protecting the middle class, not making our lives substantially harder.
… my respondents implied — in posts that, to my annoyance, kept getting more “likes” — that it was beyond uncool to be whining about myself when the less fortunate would finally have insurance.
“The nation has been better off,” wrote one friend. “Over 33 million people who did not have insurance are now going to get it.” That’s all fine and good for “the nation,” but what about my $5,400 rate hike (after-tax dollars, I wanted to add, but dared not in this group of previously closeted Mother Teresas)? Another friend wrote, “Yes, I’m paying an extra 200 a month, but I’m okay with doing that so that others who need it can have health care.”
I was shocked. Who knew my friends were such humanitarians? Has Obamacare made it un-P.C. to be concerned by a serious burden on my family’s well-being?
Lori, Lori, if I may: Haven’t you been paying attention to the Dear Leader? Obama said, repeatedly, that “individual salvation can only come about through collective salvation.”
You thought that was just some feel-good theology via Jeremiah Wright meant to sound all Christian and generous. You didn’t realize it’s straight-up Marxism. You thought Obama was just yammering away, because, let’s face it, he’s a blow-hard, in love with the sound of his own voice. The thing is, Lori, it’s deeply uncool to kvetch about real-world consequences of democrat/liberal/progressive/socialist/Marxist policies. Democrats do not deal in consequences, only perceptions. You’re supposed to be a good lib soldier and smile for the camera as your bank account is raided by the Fed in order to transfer your hard-earned money to bloated, inefficient government bureaucracies, and to, well, whomever is the fashionable victim of the moment.
Further: if there are, um, glitches, you should know enough to blame it on Bush, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party; hell, even blame it on the settlements in Judea and Samaria — the usual suspects, always good for a ruthless liberal blood libel.
The heated reactions even moved offline. Frustrated, I observed to one friend who was covered through her work that when an issue didn’t affect people directly, they became “theoretically generous.” Ask them to donate several thousand dollars so that the less fortunate can have medical insurance — which is exactly what President Obama is asking me to do — and I’ll bet they’d change their tune about “ending inequality” and “creating fairness” and “doing what’s good for the country.”
Blaming Obama, blaming liberal policies, is nothing less than treason, Lori.
Your oh-so-tolerant friends are going to do everything in their power to discredit and destroy you. Why? Because you’re selfish. You’re not willing to make the correct sacrifices for the greater good. You’re a tool of the Koch brothers. You question liberal orthodoxy. And you did it in the NY Times. Which to liberals is like using the bible to propagate devil worship.
And let’s not forget that you’re a racist.
Along with the smug insureds, President Obama doesn’t care much about the relatively small percentage of us with canceled coverage and no viable replacement. He keeps apologizing while maintaining that it’s for the good of the country, a vast improvement “over all.”
And the “over all” might agree. But the self-employed middle class is being sacrificed at the altar of politically correct rhetoric, with nobody helping to ensure our health, fiscal or otherwise, because it’s trendy to cheer for the underdog. Embracing the noble cause is all very well — as long as yours isn’t the “fortunate” family that loses its access to comprehensive, affordable health care while the rest of the nation gets it.
Hey, Lori, that “small percentage” who just got their insurance cancelled is going to turn into 16 million, and then, by next year, over 40 million.
And what will these millions get in return?
“Better coverage,” Obama promises.
So, stop whining. Get with the program. You may think you don’t need tranny coverage, you may think that being denied access to your trusted physicians is something of a disaster, and gee, kind of unfair. You may think that paying more for less is a bad deal.
But you are wrong.
Obama knows better. The government knows better. Matt Lauer knows better. Every ratings-challenged talking head on MSNBC knows what’s better for you. Your friends know better. You are just a miserable ingrate. A running dog of… whatever.
Welcome to America according to the postmodern Democrat party, where everyone gets equally lousy insurance and substandard medical care. Everyone except, Obama, Congress, the Senate, the Supreme Court, and favored Unions, who are exempt from ObamaCare… because it’s such a great product.
And Lori, make sure to vote for Hillary in 2016. Because she just might replace ObamaCare with the paradise of HillaryCare.