I just received my health insurance bill in the mail yesterday. I knew there was going to be a premium increase for 2016 and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was only around 4%. I had budgeted a 10% increase so I actually came out a bit ahead on my budget for 2016. Of course I am still paying double what I was paying for the same deductible and co-payments prior to Obamacare but what am I going to do? I take comfort in the fact that, thanks to Obamacare, I now am covered for my many mental illnesses and my eventual and inevitable pregnancy. My initial happiness at seeing the lower rate of increase in my premium was quickly offset however, as I pulled a special notice out of the envelope containing my bill. Here is what the notice said:
"Special Fee Assessment for the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. Health plans in the state of Colorado are subject to a monthly Special Fee Assessment of $1.80 per subscriber to assist in the funding of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange as set forth in applicable Colorado insurance regulation 4-2-52. This fee is in addition to your monthly premiums going forward and is shown as a separate line item on your invoices beginning with your enclosed January premium invoice. Note: Please disregard this notice if you have coverage under Medicare. Medicare plans are not subject to the Special Fee Assessment."
The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange is better known as Obamacare for Colorado. As is the situation with all states that have adopted Obamacare, the program is losing money as the people who enroll under the coverage spend far more on health care services than they pay in premiums. As is also the case in all states, the various permutations of Obamacare are already subsidized by taxpayer financed Medicare dollars yet they continue to lose money.
In 1965 Medicare made up a little less than 1% of the total federal budget. In 2014 Medicare made up 26% of all federal spending. In 1965, 23% of the federal budget was spent on non-entitlement spending programs. By 2014 non-entitlement programs had been reduced to just 6% of total spending, with most of that decrease being attributed to the higher cost of Medicare. After just one short year Obamacare spending is out of control and career politicians and bureaucrats are searching for alternative sources of income to prop up a flawed and immoral system. As a result, the responsible and productive among us have to foot the bill for the unproductive and irresponsible. It is the perfect government system.
I was unaware of Colorado insurance regulation 4-2-52. So I went in search of it on the internet. I discovered that the Colorado legislature had enacted a new law which forces all private health insurance carriers operating within the geo-political boundary known as Colorado to assess a $1.80 tax on each of their subscribers. That tax is then paid to the state to supplement Obamacare costs. The law specifically stated that the "fee" is not a "premium" so I am unable to deduct it on my tax return as a medical expense. The law also was very careful not to call the "fee" a tax, even though it clearly is, once again leaving me unable to deduct it on my tax return. I wonder what the Supreme Court of Jokers thinks about that state ruling?
Normally I would be incensed by what is happening here. $43.20 is being stolen from me this year and given to people who are using Obamacare. Those who are already on the government dole are exempt from the additional tax of course. Once again I am expected to pay for the freight of the lower 51% of the income population. But today is Christmas and I am finding it hard to summon up enough moral outrage to go on an extended rant about this disgusting new tax. So rather than informing the blogosphere that transfer payments are a form of theft for which all who participate in them will be held morally accountable I have decided to take a different path. I have decided to bless my enemies instead. Merry Christmas to all you health care parasites. May you live long and prosper and may you continue to use the democratic process to steal my money to pay your bills. And, lest I forget, I wish you a happy and healthy new year.
The above diatribe is primarily directed against those folks who like to walk around carrying signs saying things like "Don't Take Away My Healthcare" and "Free Health Care Is A Civil Right." I realize that some recipients of Obamacare are unwilling participants in the system. Not everyone is a thief who rejoices in receiving stolen property You have a financial gun put to your head, in the form of tax penalties for non-compliance, and you purchase your government subsidized policies in order to avoid trouble with the police-state. In the spirit of Christmas I want you all to know that I forgive you for that act of theft. And I hope that you will forgive me for the various acts of theft that I am forced to commit against you by the government of this God-hating land as well.