Are you one of the families that used to be able to afford health insurance before Obamacare loaded the marketplace up with regulations that increased premiums and made deductibles skyrocket? We are. We’re one of thousands of families across the Commonwealth that don’t get health insurance through an employer’s benefits plan and have to weigh the option of enrolling in an expensive health insurance plan with ridiculous deductibles or being able to pay our mortgage and thus avoid homelessness.
Yesterday Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to fix that, and Senate Democrats stopped them, leaving us without any real possibility that we will ever have health insurance despite whatever crushing penalties the federal government might impose.
This is what unanimously passed the House of Delegates and was killed in a Senate subcommittee by Senators Saslaw, Stosch, Edwards, Watkins, Puckett, McEachin, Alexander, Barker, Marsden, Ebbin, and Lewis:
“notwithstanding any other provision of Virginia law, insurance companies shall be allowed to continue offer health insurance plans in all product markets that were in effect at any time during 2012 and 2013″
Oh, the horrors such legislation might cause. My family might possibly be able to actually afford health insurance that makes any economic sense for our family, without the mandates and regulations that have made premiums skyrocket and deductibles become an evil joke. We might be able to avoid the progressively increasing federal tax penalties that will be imposed on us that we wouldn’t possibly be able to afford because we can’t afford what the federal government mandates that we buy. We might actually have a shot at financial survival, instead of constantly praying that nothing serious ever happens to anyone in our family and that eventually government comes to its sense and stops trying to crush small business owners struggling to survive in today’s economy before we’re squashed under this boot of tyranny.
Instead we’re consigned to this financial meat grinder of the most awful, needlessly punitive, oppressive and thoroughly counterproductive horror of government abuse we could have ever imagined. These Senators, who never have to worry themselves about what happens to their families if someone should ever fall ill to a serious condition, just don’t care at all about those who aren’t quite as wealthy as they are, or situated in conditions where this boondoggle doesn’t impose insurmountable hurdles to financial security. Our constant appeals to their sense of rightness and compassion constantly fall on their deaf ears. They just don’t care. They ignore us.
We certainly can’t ignore them, though. It’s quite literally a fight for personal survival for many of us. Each one of them is up for re-election in a little more than a year and those of us who are being thrown aside by misguided idiots such as these are going to hold them accountable for the real harms they are deliberately allowing to have delivered on us and our families.
This is personal. You supposed “public servants” who are deliberately allowing this to happen to me and my family are going to pay for this.
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