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User Info Cut The Crap - NOW; entered at 2019-01-02 09:49:34
Posts: 344
Registered: 2017-04-29 DeKalb, Illinois
I noticed something at our local clinic shortly after ObamaCare was enacted. Suddenly, their clientele changed quite a bit. There used to be a pretty broad spectrum of the local residents in their waiting rooms, and the place used to be crowded. After ObamaCare was foisted off on the populace, it was no longer crowded, and the people in the waiting rooms were senior citizens like myself and my Dad, who are covered under Medicare, and the rest were obviously on Medicaid. Apparently those high deductibles drove a lot of people away. Were the people with these high deductible policies getting treated elsewhere? I don't know. I suspect that they were just avoiding getting treated at all, which was hardly what was ostensibly supposed to happen with this boondoggle.

I have worked in several truly destitute Illinois municipalities, and it took me a while to realize that a lot of the people in these places did not even have bank accounts. This goes along with the Federal Reserve stating that most families would have difficulty affording $400 in an emergency. Many people simply cannot afford a high deductible medical insurance policy. One of the hardest things for my former students to grasp is that the ability to pay taxes is not obvious. They apparently thought that if a family had a big house and two Beemer SUVs in the driveway, that this particular family was wealthy. My students simply could not comprehend that only the downstairs of these McMansions were really furnished, and that upstairs the family might well be sleeping on the floor in sleeping bags. This situation his hardly new. My late uncle once bought a company from a family that lived in Lake Forest on the North Shore. Only the downstairs was furnished lavishly. Once they married one of their daughters to a Swift, and the other one to an Armour, they sold their house, sold their business and moved to Florida. This was about 50 years ago.
2019-01-02 09:49:34