Over 30 million residents of the United States are still uninsured, as planned by the architects of the Heritage Foundation’s successful plan for averting civilized behavior public, single-payer medical insurance.
Those few who gain insurance under RomneyObamacare generally gain shitty insurance with high “deductibles.” According to The Wall Street Journal:
“[T]he share of the population with high-deductible insurance plans has grown significantly since 2009. That year, around 22.5% of respondents had private coverage that required them to pay a larger share of their upfront coverage costs in exchange for a lower premium. In early 2014, some 36% had plans with an annual deductible of at least $1,250 for an individual or $2,500 for a family.”
And those who get this magical gift of terrible coverage for access to the unrestrained U.S. medical racket profession? Here they are in the Soviet pose that comes with their victimization ability to seek new insurance:
And the other big result of RomneyObamacare? Also as planned by Heritage, per today’s New York Times:
“[S]ince the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation’s largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment.”
According to Advertising Age, now that Romneycare is being imposed, there will be an “explosion” of advertising by the corporations and fake charities it was designed to rescue:
Using projections from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Scott Roskowski, senior VP-marketing for TVB, a trade association for the broadcast TV industry, predicts health insurers will spend $500 million — or more — on ads this year. He also says his estimates are conservative. Why? Mr. Roskowski said the industry stands to gain $100 billion in new revenue because of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that nearly all Americans have health care coverage.
“This is really the growth sector in local broadcast television,” Mr. Roskowski said. “It’s going to be a heck of a year.”
And the fun continues! There will also be a matching boom in right-wing advertising encouraging people to boycott enrollment in Romneycare.
Meanwhile: “All in all, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that there will still be about 31 million nonelderly Americans uninsured in 2023.”
As the failures of Romney/ObamaCare mount, we TCTers should do what we can to remind people that a major part of the built-in disaster is the fact that selling health insurance remains a major aspect of the “reformed” set-up. Consider the interview in today’s Advertising Age with Darren Rodgers, chief marketing officer at Health Care Service Corp., which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Not only is Mr. Rodgers’ undoubtedly huge salary baked into the prices of the “new” plans being peddled under Romney/ObamaCare, but so, of course, is all the data-mining required to do modern corporate marketing. Under R-O-C, that expense will vastly expand, as Rodgers explains:
Ad Age: [A]s uninsured residents enter the market, companies must appeal to individual buyers, vs. relying solely on tried-and-true business-to-business marketing techniques….How have you changed your marketing to reach Obamacare consumers?
Mr. Rodgers: We’ve had to, first of all, figure out who those people are. We’ve been pretty good in the past about using business data, buying information from Dun & Bradstreet and others to profile corporate clients. But we have had to learn to delve into the individual-buyer marketplace, and a lot of these people today aren’t even buyers, they are uninsured.
Ad Age: What data sources have you tapped to find those people?
Mr. Rodgers: Because many of our new clients will be coming from the ranks of the uninsured, we couldn’t use the data that we have internally, but we had to go out and use external sources of data. … Some of that data is available publicly. … We also have used Acxiom data to build profiles of communities so that we could target our marketing message.
Meanwhile, the usual marketing ploys remain:
Ad Age: Describe your creative approach.
Mr. Rodgers: The Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand is so universally recognized and universally associated with health insurance. … We also know it’s an aspirational brand within the uninsured marketplace. … Because of those things, we felt that it was appropriate to continue our strategy of just general brand advertising, but to make sure that it’s in the places it needs to be to hit the [new] markets.
“Washington, DC – [AHIP] today proposed guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with an enforceable individual coverage mandate. Under the new proposal, health plans participating in the individual health insurance market would be required to offer coverage to all applicants as part of a universal participation plan in which all individuals were required to maintain health insurance.” AHIP Press Release, November 19, 2008
“Maintaining…market reforms…is essential to avoiding significant cost increases and loss of choice for consumers and employers.” AHIP Victory Statement, June 28, 2012
“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices. Unless he is defeated, there cannot be a contest for the re-orientation of the Democratic Party as the vehicle of a progressive alternative in the country.” Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Look at those $1500 designer eyeglasses on the downcast Tom Daschle. (Larger view here.) [Gosh, Tom, if you’re really being brought in to solve a long-running social crisis that is “critical,” why aren’t you beaming? Could it be you’re conflicted by what you know your real task will be?]
These glasses tend to confirm my theory that you can take a good rough measure of the sanity of a modern society by observing the sanity and aesthetic value of eyeglass styles (which, like cars and houses and everything else, get progressively worse over a certain price) among its movers and shakers.
But I digress from the real news, which is that Obama sucks, big-time.
Decked out in his fancy glasses and fresh from his gig as a pimp at the K Street corporate-capitalist mafia operation Alston & Bird, this creepy, insidious little thug is going to help Obama make it illegal to NOT purchase private “health insurance” in the United States, and call that appalling act of mass murder by omission “reform.”
Here’s Mr. Daschle’s shameful statement of his conventional lily-livered, sociopathic Tweedle-D position on this utterly simple and basic issue, cut from his ghostwritten new “book” purportedly “explaining” his extreme cravenness and cowardice:
The key question for any health-care reform plan is, “How will it cover people?” Most of the world’s highest-ranking health-care systems employ some kind of “single-payer” strategy – that is, the government, directly or through insurers, is responsible for paying doctors, hospitals, and other health-care providers. Supporters say single-payer is brilliantly simple, ensures equity by providing all people with the same benefits, and saves billions of dollars by creating economies of scale and streamlining administration. But pure single-payer system is politically problematic in the United States, at least right now. Even though polls show that seniors are happier with Medicare than younger people are with their private insurance, opponents of reform have demonized government-run systems as “socialized medicine.”
I have strong views on what an “ideal” system would look like. But I’m not willing to sacrifice worthy improvements on the altar of perfection. I find it encouraging that the leading Democratic presidential contenders appear to share this attitude. The proposals that Obama, Clinton, and Edwards put forward would improve our current system rather than scrapping it, using the Massachusetts reform plan as a model.
You see how this unchanged and unchanging shuffle works? Massively obvious and wildly popular basic simplicity and decency is politically problematic “right now,” despite the fact that the “right now” in question is a month after a landslide victory for the party and President of “change,” and smack in the middle of an economic meltdown screaming for something, anything to be done to help the commoners get out of the financial and existential gutter to which they’ve been abandoned.
And the Daschle logic is powerful, too, isn’t it? Why not take a risk and act like a political leader, rather than a purchased and pathetic fraud? Why not put your allegedly strong views into action as the new “health czar?”
Because “I’m not willing to.”
(And, luckily, neither is the new President nor his cabinetful of fellow war criminals.)
And exactly what “worthy improvements” are we speaking of here? Unnamed, as always, because none are forthcoming, as amply demonstrated by the Massachusetts scam that has become the consensus “bipartisan” next step in the ultra-decrepit US overclass’s continuing efforts to rule out any and all exceptions to market totalitarianism, no matter the cost.
Tom Daschle belongs in jail. With apologies to the sacred human form, he is a dick, a pussy, an asshole, the worst sort of paid killer. Fuck! I almost can’t stand this walking, talking shit! Scotty, beam me up…