So, let me get this straight. Ms. Pineman (the subject of this New York Times article) is a loyal Obama voter and Obamacare supporter. So, she accepted the following:
- That her plan – which she liked – would go away. Despite being told – explicitly – that if she liked her plan, she could keep her plan.
- That her new plan would not pay for her favored doctor. Despite being told – explicitly – that if she liked her doctor, she could keep her doctor.
- That her premiums would be going up. Despite being told – explicitly – that her costs would go down.
- That her networks would shrink. Despite being told – explicitly – that the quality of her coverage would not suffer.
- That her co-pay for an emergency room visit went through the roof. No explicit promise that I can remember on this one, but it’s always fun to watch an Obamacare supporter discover this particular wrinkle.
So our loyal Obamacare supporter and Obama voter accepted all of this. This wasn’t enough to set her off. But being asked to drive 14 miles did:
…her frustration bubbled over when she tried to arrange a follow-up visit with an orthopedist in her Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield network: The nearest doctor available who treated ankle problems was in Stamford, Conn. When she called to protest, her insurer said that Stamford was 14 miles from her home and 15 was considered a reasonable travel distance. “It was ridiculous — didn’t they notice it was in another state?” said Ms. Pineman, 46, who was on crutches.
Seriously, shouldn’t Ms. Pineman have started screaming at about the point when she found out that she had to drop her plan in the first place? I have very little sympathy for government bureaucrats, but I almost feel sorry for the ones involved here. How were they supposed to know that Ms. Pineman routinely strained gnats while swallowing camels*?
Moral of the story: forcing a an Obamacare supporter in crutches to drive for thirty minutes infuriates them in a way that blatantly lying in their face about Obamacare in the first place apparently cannot. …Which is absurd. But, hey, you work with what you have, right?<
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*I refuse to explain that one to any wandering hard Left-lurkers. Look it up.