The Government Giveth, and the Government Taketh

While perusing this story about how a man’s dog was awarded a health care plan under Obamacare, a quote from the gentleman involved caught my eye:

Smith told the station he had to sign up for coverage through the state exchange because his health insurance plan was cancelled under ObamaCare. He isn’t sure how Baxter wound up getting enrolled instead, but he said he did give Baxter’s name as a security question as part of the registration process.

“It was pretty funny. Typical ObamaCare, that they would insure your dog by mistake,” Smith told KDVR.

Smith said when he called Connect for Health Colorado they fixed the problem, but he is still wary of ObamaCare due to all the issues.

“There’s been a lot of headaches that’s come from all of this,” Smith told KDVR. “All the phone calls. All the nonsense. They ended up giving me good coverage I think, but who knows if they’re going to take it away,” Smith said.

“As long as Baxter’s covered, that’s all the counts,” he joked.

He thinks they gave him good coverage, but he’s not sure if somewhere down the road they might take it away. Therein lies the downfall of every government program which asks citizens to rely upon it. Not only are government programs unfundable and demotivational, they also give citizens a false sense of security.

Take the man in this article, for example. Once he fixed the issue of his dog getting the policy instead of himself, he’s still leery that the program could take away his coverage. You’re saying something like, “but private insurance can take away your coverage too!” True, it can. However, in most cases prior to Obamacare, you had more options and more channels of recourse if you were unjustly dropped from an insurance plan. Keep in mind, insurance companies don’t make money sending cancellation notices unless forced to by government regulation.

What recourse do you take if the government kicks you off your insurance? Why don’t we ask the millions of people experiencing that in the past several weeks. The President encouraged those affected to “shop around” on a website built by inexperienced junior high kids during study hall on a Friday afternoon.

In the case of Obamacare, if you do manage to defy the odds, who says your plan is guaranteed for any amount of time? Maybe 12, 18 or 24 months down the road, the math stops working and everyone is dropped to enroll again in plans which bring even more expense? Worse yet, they’ll just kick you into Medicaid.

There’s no end. Repeal the bill, implement free-market capitalist principles in healthcare and leave it alone.