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Posted: November 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

There’s been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare.

Its proponents keep trying to assure us that it’s all a “glitch” — a $630,000,000 “glitch”! — and once it’s operational we’ll all love it.

And never forget: According to Obama, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep it.”

Well ... are you ready for sticker shock?

Over the last two years — since the passage of Obamacare and its phasing in — my Medicare Advantage plan premium has increased from $0/month to $28/month (this year) to $85/month next year, in addition to my $105/month for basic Medicare (which has gone up from about $80/month).

That’s a 230 percent increase in two short years.

Meanwhile, my Social Security COLA increase for next year will be about $30/month, so I’m going backward about $70/month.

My max out-of-pocket has gone from $3,500/year to $6,700/year, my office visit charge has gone from $20 to $30, my co-pay has gone from 20 percent to 30 percent, and many previously covered services have been severely limited or terminated.

Fortunately, I do now have pregnancy and pre-natal care. Of course, since I’m a guy in my mid-60s, this isn’t very useful.

So Obama’s right. I did get to keep my health insurance. Unfortunately, like Cinderella’s carriage, it turned into a pumpkin.

A very expensive pumpkin, at that.

One other thing. Often when I discuss this issue, there’s some Dem/socialist who cleverly points out that I’m a hypocrite for criticizing government interference in health care when I’m a recipient of government “benefits” myself.

I’d like to point out that I am, indeed, a recipient of those benefits. But not by any choice of my own.

I was forced, at the figurative point of a government gun, to participate in these programs and had “contributions” withheld from my paycheck for almost half a century.

I’m simply getting back what I already bought and paid for.

But I have a standing offer to the government: reimburse me for all my involuntary “contributions” into Social Security and Medicare, including monetary inflation and all the interest I would have earned had I been able to keep and invest that money myself, and I’ll sign a waiver releasing any and all claims to any such benefits.

I figure that check should be well north of a million bucks. Easily.




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