One of the many things that have been exposed to the light of day recently since the implementation of the so called, “Affordable Care Act” is just how many people were (and still are) being scammed by so called “Health Care” providers. It all comes down to the same old saying that goes, “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!”
Back in the good old days, these quack plans and quack providers used to be called by endearing terms like “snake oil” and “magic miracle cure” but nowadays they usually fall under the buzz word “scam.” The most ridiculous part of all this is that the people who were being ripped off by these sleaze artists aren’t thanking Barack Obama for exposing the scams to the light of day, they’re blaming him for it! At least he wasn’t trying to kill grandma!
It makes you think about the term “penny wise and pound foolish” and reminds me of the story about the two highly intellectual individuals standing around griping about the cost of Obamacare. The conversation kind of goes like the script from an old Abbott and Costello movie.
The first one said, “My policy only costs me $167.00 bucks a month! “That’s nothing” said the second, “Mine only costs me $58.00 per month! “Wow!” said the first, “that’s a really hot price! What kind of benefits do you get?” “None” said the second, “but it only costs me $58 bucks a month!”
Now, insurance companies aren’t dumb. They’re as good at reading tea leaves as anyone else. I imagine they figured out that when some of their “hot price” health care plans reached the light of day, they might not look quite so pretty so, discretion being the better part of valor, they’ve decided to shut ‘er down before the word “scammer” got permanently attached to their name! Better to have Obamacare take the blame for it than have the truth come out! Obviously, that left some of their “hot deal” customers swingin’ in the breeze with no health insurance at all, but that’s still better for them than having their junk product exposed as basically worthless.
What’s really amazing, is that the same geniuses who went running to any headline hungry TV outlet who would listen, screaming that Obamacare caused them to lose their health insurance, are now finding out that the something for nothing they thought they were getting in their health care plan, is actually nothing for something and the something we’re talking about, is their hard earned money! I can only imagine that these are the same people who would probably take advice about the virtues of smoking crack cocaine from the Mayor of Toronto!
Changing directions a little, the other thing that I thought was absolutely hysterical this week, is that marijuana (which is still federally illegal according to our government), can now be legally purchased over the counter in Colorado (in small quantities with the proper credentials I suppose) from a properly licensed provider with only a 25% sales tax! 25%?? That kind of separates the wheat from the chaff doesn’t it? Can anyone remember what the sales tax was when they first introduced tobacco or alcohol?
What I imagine the great state of Colorado is saying is this, “we hate that you’re using it but if you’ll pay us a 25% sales tax, we won’t peek!” Of course there’s other restrictions too numerous to mention here, but by many estimates, Colorado is looking to pick up a possible 70 million bucks in tax revenue and that should buy some vacations or redecorate a few offices down at the State Capitol! For 70 million they can hold their noses and do a lot of looking the other way!
About the only other news worthy items for this week are, that President Obama is forcing health care providers to provide and cover the cost of mental health screenings, (it would be nice if he could begin with Congress since they’re not doing anything else anyway!) Also, alleged Conservative Car Snatcher Darrell Issa is going to call for hearings to get to the bottom of the administration problems of Obamacare and “skin ’em alive!” Wonderful! That should create a lot of jobs! You go Darrell!
As usual, send me your comments and critiques. If I can use them I will. Have a great week everybody!
Posted by All Around Seniors at 11/13/2013 4:37 AM