Private Health Insurance? You Won’t Miss It, Says AOC

Private Health Insurance? You Won’t Miss It, Says AOC

Private Health Insurance? You Won’t Miss It, Says AOC

Do you have private health insurance, perhaps through your employer? Or, if you’re like me, you purchase on the private market? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that if your private plan vanishes under Medicare For All, you wouldn’t miss it. Because insurance companies are all evil, or something.

Well, I don’t know what polling on Aetna would show, but a recent Gallup poll showed that most Americans kinda like their healthcare. However, Medicare and Medicaid recipients rated their healthcare most positively, which is news that would make AOC happy do a happy dance. What’s more, a Kaiser Foundation poll from January showed that 56% of Americans think yeah, maybe Medicare for All is the way to go. An even larger percentage — 71% — like the idea that MFA would “guarantee health insurance as a right for all Americans.”

That is, of course, until they learn the details. Tell them that their taxes would greatly increase, and suddenly support drops to 37% favorability. Then, tell them Medicare for All would cause delays in tests and treatments, and support drops to 26%.

Hello, British National Health Service.

Plus, remember Obama’s lie that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Yep, you may not be able to keep your doctor with MFA, either. In fact, with lowered reimbursements for doctors through MFA, that clinic you go to may just shut down.

What’s more, as a friend of mine who has special needs children says, “If you think getting pre-authorized for special needs services is bad now. . .”

But AOC remembers the “crushing anxiety of living without health insurance.”

You know what is crushing? Having private health insurance from the individual market that was affordable and served me well, only to lose it year, after year, after year. Why? Because the so-called “Affordable Care Act” drove health insurance companies from my state. The only two companies left who would sell me individual policies offered them at over $1000 per month for a $7000 deductible. And I didn’t qualify for a subsidy, either.

Some “affordable care.”

Right now I carry a short-term plan that I can afford and — thanks to President Trump — I can keep for a full year. But the coverage — in a word — sucks. What’s worse is that I don’t know what I’m going to do come 2020. As my insurance consultant told me, “we’ll just worry about that next year.”

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Credit: geralt/pixabay license.

I miss my old private health insurance policies that I could afford and provided good coverage. And yes, AOC, I was “heartbroken” when I lost one good policy after another, thanks to your Democrat colleagues. Your big government f*cked up my health care choices after 2010, and it would f*ck them up even more with Medicare for All. How dare you, a bartender from Queens, tell me what’s best for my life.

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

14 Comments
  • MortMain says:

    The worst health insurance companies in the world are government agencies. They deny service right and left. AOC thinks there are enough ignorant in this country to believe what she says. Greed and envy are powerful forces. Maybe she’s right.

  • njc says:

    I fear that Occlusional Cortex believes what she says–knowing that she personally has nothing to fear if she’s wrong. So long as she has what she wants, whatever the rest of us get is good enough–and it’s our duty to like it.

  • Daniel says:

    AOC: New twist on Obama, “If you like your current heath plan, you can’t keep it.”

  • […] read the rest at Private Health Insurance? You Won’t Miss It, Says AOC — Victory Girls Blog […]

  • Simply Put says:

    Sahil Kapur’s entire Twitter, like the Democrat platform, is an exercise in ignoring the truth of where people are and spewing the talking points of the Dems own version of reality. So I’m not so sure he has any room to criticize AOC for doing the exact same thing. Just as a side note.

    If I had been forced onto a socialized plan in 2005, neither of my children would exist. My private plan covered very expensive fertility treatments with only $10 out of my pocket. And I am not privileged or rich. These people willfully ignore facts. Plus – no one seems ever to point out: healthcare plans are not equivalent to actual health care. I still have better insurance than any public plan, but my access to actual quality care has dropped significantly because the number of doctors willing to continue practicing under the ACA environment went way down and the care is no longer available. I have a thyroid problem (which caused the infertility problem and which now makes we very sick) and I cannot find an endocrinologist who knows how to treat it now. I could in 2010. Flood the market more and the same exact thing will happen to a greater degree with far simpler types of care. And I find it hard to believe that this isn’t an intentional side effect of socialized medicine. It’s cruel. And serves only to make good care available to elites. The idea that the Democrats want socialized medicine to help people is utter bullsh*t. Like everything else they do, they want it to divide, redistribute and control.

  • Murphy300 says:

    Well said, Kim!

  • George V says:

    I wish someone who has a public forum would call out the Dems on “Medicare for All”. Set aside the massive costs for a moment and consider the following: Basic Medicare covers, ,what, 80% of costs? The rest is out of pocket. There are co-pays. It does not cover 100% of drug costs either. There is a monthly premium, again based on income. If you want lower deductibles and co-pays, you buy a Medigap plan, or maybe you buy a Medicare Advantage plan.

    All that goes away under “Medicare for All”. The Sanders plan specifically has no deductibles, co-pays, or anything. You get what the government gives you and that’s it, nothing more. It’s “Medicaid for All” and it’s time we started calling it that.

  • GWB says:

    But AOC remembers the “crushing anxiety of living without health insurance.”
    Bullsh*t. She’s never had any anxiety about health insurance – or health care.

    Your big government f*cked up my health care choices
    Yep. Every time. Heck, even the pre-0bamaCare-debacle, Big Government was what was making health care unaffordable for some measure of Americans in the first place: mandates, tax dis-incentives, regulations.

    I still say that requiring price transparency, making ALL medical costs pre-tax (including premiums)*, eliminating all coverage mandates, and allowing tax-deferred savings for future medical care (HSAs for everyone!), would vastly improve the cost of medical care in America.

    (* One major effect of this would be to equalize employer benefits with individual health care options. Currently, my employer gets a tax benefit for paying a significant portion of my premiums. Individuals don’t get the same benefit. The regulation would need to remove the incentive for the employer to pay a chunk of my tab [and give me the cash instead].)

  • Mongo says:

    Canadian politicians have better health care than the average Canadian.
    There is an enhanced Parliamentary health care plan, just for politicians.

    Even with ‘Socialist Plus’ health care Canadian politicians still go to the USA for health care.
    There’s got to be some kind of lesson in there somewhere….

    And the most vile thing about Canadian socialized health care is that it is against the law to spend your own Goddamn money on your own Goddamn health care.
    Save your money, spend responsibly instead of blowing it irresponsibly, and you are not allowed to spend your own money on your own health care in Canada.
    Health care fascism, anyone?

    • GWB says:

      Oh yes, I forgot the reform that requires Congress (and the executive branch, except the military for operational reasons) to use the exact same healthcare system as everyone else.

      Maybe that one should come BEFORE the others?

  • John Marston says:

    First, they should ask the doctors how they feel about Medicare and Medicaid. Lots of them won’t take patients who only have coverage from them! When we moved to a different state when I retired, it took me months to find any doctor who would take me. The docs that I researched and would call my “A list” all would not take me. Finally settled for a young one that didn’t have the credentials and experience, and he’s OK but I’ve already butted heads with him once. They should survey veterans (pretty sure they already have) if you want to know what Medicaid for All would look like.

  • David Byler says:

    So here I am, an old guy with Medicare and a “supplemental plan.” Medicare left me without oxygen supplement for 6 months, thank you. dug into savings just to keep myself alive. Medicare doesn’t refuse – they just won’t act to get me the walker that I need. So I dug into savings because I do not wish to be totally unable to get around. Medicare refused to pay the anesthesiologist for his part of an emergency heart procedure. Thank you, I get the message. The government would just as soon that I were dead. Thank you socialist medicine. I do not want to be dead just yet. So does anyone really want to debate me about single payer socialist medicine?

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