Hey, remember this ad from the 2012 presidential campaign?
The ad was considered one of the dirtiest and most mendacious of the 2012 campaign.
As it turns out, it might have been the most ironic as well. This from POLITICO today on the unfortunate plight of Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who is retiring this year for medical reasons…
Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.
“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis.”
The Oklahoma Republican’s spokesman confirmed to POLITICO that since the senator enrolled in his health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage has been reduced and he lost coverage for his cancer specialist. Coburn will continue to pay out of pocket and see his oncologist, his office said.
Coburn, a doctor before running for the Senate, has the resources to pay out of pocket. Most of the millions of other people who have lost their insurance coverage or their doctors as a result of Obama’s destruction of the health care market aren’t so lucky.
Turns out that there are some six million newly uninsured thanks to Obamacare. Most of the people signing up for private coverage through Healthcare.gov already have insurance.
In fact, a McKinsey & Co. survey of enrollees found that just 11 percent of enrollees were previously uninsured. When the consulting company surveyed 4,563 exchange customers between November and January, just 389 had enrolled in a new insurance plan.
Insurance agency Health Markets Inc. enrolled close to 7,500 customers in exchange coverage, but 65 percent already had prior insurance. Fifteen percent had their plans canceled and another 10 percent dropped out of employer coverage. A full 40 percent switched over from an individual insurance policy.
Given the heavy regulations the Affordable Care Act imposed on all plans, the primary motivation for switching over from an employer policy or individual coverage is the generous taxpayer subsidy provided for exchange customers under 400 percent of the federal poverty line.
That doesn’t even count the majority of all signups being new Medicaid recipients. And did you know Medicaid goes after your estate to recover the costs of your healthcare?
Tom Gialanella, 56, was shocked to find out he qualified for Medicaid under ObamaCare. The Bothell, Wash., resident had been able to retire early years ago, owns his home outright in a pricey Seattle suburb and is living off his investments.
He wanted no part of the government’s so-called free health care. “It’s supposed to be a safety net program. It’s not supposed to be for someone who has assets who can pay the bill,” he said.
And after reading the fine print, Gialanella had another reason to flee Medicaid — the potential death debt.
Though many may not realize it, states are allowed to recover the cost of health care after someone’s death by seizing their assets. It applies to Medicaid recipients who are between the ages of 55 and 64. The law has been in place since 1993, when Congress realized states were going broke over rising Medicaid expenses.
But under ObamaCare, Medicaid eligibility has expanded dramatically along with the promise that the federal government will pick up the cost of the higher tab — at least for the first few years, after which states will be on the hook for a portion of the increase.
Sounds like a lousy deal, doesn’t it? It’s almost like some greedhead who comes in and rips you off and ruins your life for his own personal benefit. You can’t see your doctor anymore, you might lose your job, you probably can’t find new health insurance or keep what you have, and you get steered into a program which will take all your money after you die.
Kinda like that guy Mitt Romney in the Joe Soptic ad. Except it’s a different guy.