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VA Senate: If We Financially Destroy Your Family, Tough Crap

By Greg L | 19 September 2014 | National Politics, Virginia Politics, Virginia Senate | 16 Comments

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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  1. Brian L. said on 19 Sep 2014 at 1:52 pm:
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    Ours expires on 12/1 as well - I blame every single Democrat for the extra $10,000 it’s going to cost me next year to “upgrade” my insurance plan (to one with a higher deductible and lower coverage). Every single one of you f**king dumba**es that VOTED for the idiots that brought this ABORTION OF A FREAKING SITUATION to our formerly-great country is responsible for this.

    When it all goes tits-up, I’ll be laughing from another country at this rate, that’s for sure.

  2. Anonymous said on 19 Sep 2014 at 2:07 pm:
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    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  3. Webster said on 19 Sep 2014 at 3:58 pm:
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    Please stop voting for democrats - at all levels!

  4. Anonymous said on 20 Sep 2014 at 8:56 am:
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    How many people are in your family that you’ll be paying an extra $10k in premiums?

  5. Brian L. said on 20 Sep 2014 at 11:36 am:
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    3 people (two adults, one child).

    And Anon@2:07? People like -you- are the reason I won’t miss it here. ;)

  6. Anon said on 20 Sep 2014 at 3:00 pm:
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    If all goes as it should, dems are shown the door and this obamanation of a health plan will be repealed. It is pure crap! Sorry you are being seriously impacted. . . Push for repeal.

  7. Anonymous said on 20 Sep 2014 at 4:57 pm:
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    Brian I’ll help you pack your bags.

  8. James Young said on 20 Sep 2014 at 8:41 pm:
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    I’m very disappointed in my old friend, Lyn Lewis (H-SC ‘84). He seems to forget that his margin of victory was in the single digits.

  9. Winston1 said on 21 Sep 2014 at 5:49 am:
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    $10K a year my ass.

    This sounds like a broken record. Repeal, repeal, repeal. As usual the Reps didn’t actually have a plan so they made an amendment to keep continue doing the same thing.

    I like the idea behind ACA. Give me ways to fix the parts that are screwed up. I can tell you right now a candidate playing the repeal song will not get my vote. They will be as useless as what is already in office.

  10. Anonymous said on 21 Sep 2014 at 10:59 am:
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    If your premiums are going up that much it sounds like time to shop for a plan.

    I dont see a repeal happening…..congress can’t agree amongst themselves that the sky is blue.

  11. Derron said on 21 Sep 2014 at 2:08 pm:
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    I certainly hope voters will remember what Democrats have done when November comes around.

  12. Anonymous said on 21 Sep 2014 at 3:35 pm:
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    Why don’t you vote with your feet?

  13. Anon said on 21 Sep 2014 at 8:38 pm:
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    Government takeover of the health care system, is a bridge to far. . . It will be repealed. Too many lies, too much cost, too kuch loss of privacy, too many handouts for those that won’t take care of themselves, too much goverment up my. . .

  14. Anonymous said on 22 Sep 2014 at 5:32 am:
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    Keep thinking that

  15. Karla Homolka said on 6 Oct 2014 at 8:55 am:
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    If insurance is too high, then drop it, and go to the Emergency room, like ILLEGALS do.

  16. anonymous said on 19 Oct 2014 at 7:01 am:
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    We are f a family of 5. No Heathcare due to the cost. When everything when south with the economy we used our savings and are still month to month but can not afford the high premiums. So we have to pay a fine because we do not qualify for anything. We are not asking for help but while we are slowly getting back on our feet we are having to pay fines?? Does anyone else see this is trying to just keep people down? We have looked into plans that would run $600 plus a month. My family us never missed a visit sick or well when needed but out of pocket for us is better. The coverage that they offered for that price still had me paying co-pays.How does this help?

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