…discover that Obamacare means they’ll be losing some of their privileges:
Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan…They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.
But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage.
Will this constitute the proverbial being “mugged by reality”? Perhaps for some, but my guess is not for most. Despite being writers, lawyers, and even doctors, these people didn’t do their homework about Obamacare before the law was passed. They relied on the MSM and their trusted liberal politicians and pundits to describe it for them instead. Why change their minds now, just because they got hurt by it? For most people, it takes more than that to effect political change of mind on a more permanent, substantive basis.
Roy Lyons, managing director of Marsh U.S. Consumer, an insurance brokerage, said he had heard complaints from physicians, lawyers, pharmacists and optometrists. “At first they think it’s the bar association making the decision or the insurance company doing it,” Mr. Lyons said. “We have to explain that this is the Affordable Care Act; that’s what was put into law. Once they understand, they’re less emotional, but they’re not happy with it.”
And isn’t it interesting that lawyers and doctors have to have this explained to them?
More doctors will be getting the bad news soon, too:
The medical society has not yet formally notified its solo practitioners, because their insurance plans do not expire until April. But those letters will be going out soon, officials said.
I find the following quote to be rather mind-boggling in several ways:
Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.
How could this woman not have already known what “was in store for her”? Also, although a bleeding-heart liberal, she seems to vote only on how something affects her. Where’s your liberal altruism, lady? Or maybe she’s coming to suspect that the whole thing’s a scam, and that Obamacare doesn’t actually benefit the majority of people.
Was Meinwald under the impression that you could add millions of people to the insurance rolls, give them subsidies, not raise taxes, and everyone would come out ahead? Maybe she thought the only losers would be the fat cats, and that she wasn’t quite fat enough. Turns out she was.
[ADDENDUM: By the way, you could add millions to the insurance rolls and come out ahead as long as those millions were very very healthy people who could pay their own way and who would never make claims of any importance. That is the philosophy behind wooing the “young invincibles.” Unfortunately for Obama, most of them not only don’t want health insurance (and the penalties for not buying it are both relatively small and relatively unenforceable), but a great many need subsidies. But most importantly of all, they are outnumbered by other groups signing up for Obamacare: the already-sick, those who are older and more likely to develop health problems even if they are presently in good health, and the poor—some of whom are getting Medicaid, some of whom get hefty subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges.]