Well....it's done. Is it just me or does the passage of something that 55% of American's didn't want feel wrong? For now, Obamacare has been passed. I say for now because there are many states (including Utah) that are planning to sue to stop health care reform because of the individual mandate. At least now we can find out what's in the dang thing. Thanks Speaker Pelosi.
Feels a little like we just boarded the Crazy Train but the destination on the ticket we were given is blank. I'm not sure I can trust the crew....
Calvin and I have spent a lot of time reading articles and listening to our favorite conservative radio host (Mike Rosen in Denver) and together we came up with a plan to help our family adapt to Obamacare.
1. Move to the country so we can raise our own free range chickens, cows and pigs and grow all of our own food so that we can stay as healthy as possible so that we don't have to go to the doctor or the hospital. (By the way, when the country was more agriculturally oriented, the average live expectancy was only around 68-70, that is why the age for social security was 65. Farming is hard and dangerous!)
2. Eat only healthy foods, (which cost way more than processed foods.) The reason for wanting to stay healthy is to avoid having to make an appointment. It is not likely that you will be able to get one in a timely manner. (Did you know that half the doctors in the country are working on exit strategies and early retirement. They will have their rates dictated by the government.)
3. Drop our health coverage. Because even if you can get an appointment, the co-pays and deductibles are sure to increase since so many people will likely opt out of the mandatory health plan option. How you ask? The penalty is only 1% of your total income. For an under-employed person making $20,000 a year, that is only $200. Try getting a health plan for less than $200 a month. $2400 a year is way more than $200 year.
4. Buy a health care plan only when we need it. But we won't be covered, you say? Au contraire, if we really get sick or injured, we can apply for health insurance on the spot. The insurance carriers are required to provide insurance even with pre-existing conditions. (I'd say a pitch fork stuck in my foot is a pre-existing condition.)
5 . Forget the college fund...we're going to start a special savings account for the kids to help them pay their future taxes. Besides...isn't Obama planning to pay for my kids education?
6. Cut out all vacations, date night's and movie rentals. Calvin's paycheck (if he can still find work in the private sector) will be getting smaller because our taxes are going to go up. You know it's going to happen...who else is going to pay for 32 million people to get insurance and treat their pre-exsisting conditions? The taxpayers will be footing the bill.
7. Analyze the children's strengths to find out which government job they will be good at and begin training them for that position. We want our kids to have job security when they grow up and the fastest growing job market is the government, plus they have better health insurance and retirement plans.
8. Sell all our stock. Obama is putting a 3.8% tax on investment income.
9. Run for office. The only way to get great health care will be to become a Senator or Congressman. (Calvin can't run for President because of the little Hot Tub Incident in 1985)
10. Sit on our porch with a shot-gun reminiscing about the good ol' days when Reagan was in office.