This is a guest post by the Captain Power.
I was on Twitter the other day when someone forwarded me the above picture from the White House. At first, I was befuddled. How did they come with such a low rate? I have been researching Obamacare since day one; was I missing something? How are they coming up with $50 or less per month?
I decided to fake apply for insurance on the New York City exchange, and the least expensive plan I was offered was for $170 a month. I wrote back to the person who sent me this picture and I said, “Those numbers can’t be correct, that would be the least expensive plan in the entire country!”
The response I received made my jaw drop:
They are including Medicaid and subsidies.
Are you fucking kidding me? You’re including welfare as part of the average cost? The Government had the nerve to include free Medicaid insurance and premiums that people will pay after receiving subsidies into the average cost with people that will pay the full price!
Let me show you how ridiculous this is. Let’s say you live on a street with nine other people. All nine of them are unemployed and receive food stamps and you don’t. If everyone went to buy a $10 steak on Friday, according to the government’s logic, the steak would only cost $1 per person! Nine people would get the steak for free with food stamps, and you would pay $10. That is why you cannot add welfare into the average price of health insurance.
Its a sad fact, but the U.S. government is now encouraging and promoting the fact that most young people are receiving welfare. But I’m not even surprised, because welfare has become the new middle class in America. As of 2013, more than $40 million Americans are on food stamps. Growing up in Brooklyn, I was surrounded by tons of poor people on welfare, and I knew about all the scams:
- The old lady buying ground beef for her dog because food stamps don’t cover pet food.
- The Puerto Rican family down the block that would return some of their food to the bodega for cash,and let the owner resell it minus his “cut.”
- The unmarried family of four that received full benefits because there was no record of the working “dad” living there, although I saw him walking to the subway every morning with his briefcase.
And I didn’t care because these people were legitimately poor. But now it is spreading to the middle class. People are incentivized in this country to have children and never get married. Getting divorced can now ensure your spouse free medical, and can save a family thousands in annual health care costs.
This system is broken, and eventually it’s going to implode.
You have been warned.
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