Loving BarryCare?

INSURANCE GIANT Aetna has announced huge losses due to participating in Weepy Barry’s apparently laughably named “Affordable Care” scheme.

I say apparently laughable because I do not live above the border and have not set foot in that troubled nation since BarryCare was made law of the land.

I have not felt BarryCare’s pain first-hand.

We here in Mexico, of course, have a superior healthcare system that basically consists of two levels: a government-supported level for poor people that anyone can use, rich or poor, and a private system, which also is open to all.

New ImageThere’s no government healthcare oppression. You get your medical care wherever you want, going wherever you can afford.

Is the bottom level ideal? Of course not. Is it better than nothing? Sho’ nuff! I have always used the private system even though I am enrolled in a free government plan.

Aetna lost $300 million last year due to participating in BarryCare in 15 states. It has canceled plans to go into other states. Forbes says there’s “overwhelming evidence that ObamaCare caused premiums to increase substantially.”

BarryCare is built, to a large extent, as a Pyramid of Cards. The broad base is young people whose premiums essentially underwrite older folks’ coverage. Since young people would not do this voluntarily, they face a tax hammer.

But many young people are finding it cheaper to suffer the tax hammer than to buy costly insurance.

Whoops! Who’d a-thunk it?

It appears that leaving the United States was a wise move on my part. I’m interested in hearing how you Gringos like BarryCare. Is it as bad as I hear?

Here is The Unseen Moon’s first-ever poll.

The vote is anonymous. Don’t be bashful:

30 thoughts on “Loving BarryCare?

  1. You left out one option: I wish I lived in Canada so I wouldn’t be a paranoid gun nut, and my health care is free.


    1. Oh, Kris! You disappoint me so. How could a smart guy like you fall into this pit of falsehood? Canadian health care is free? Repeat that to yourself as you write your fat tax check to Ottawa every year. There ain’t no free ride, and health care in Canada is not free.


      1. Yes, we pay for our health care through our taxes, but nobody dies because they can’t afford to go to the doctor, or have surgery. If I need a knee replacement, it’s free. How many Americans are suffering because they don’t have the many thousands of dollars it costs there? Some of the smarter ones do ‘medical vacations’ to Mexico for surgery, and the province of Ontario had to overhaul the system there due to Americans illegally going to doctors there. It may not be perfect here, but it’s way better than the U.S.
        Agreed, the Mexican system and prices are good, but the cost of health care in the U.S. is so high for the usual reason. G R E E D!


        1. Kris: Again, your health care is not free, and that includes knee replacements. Socialist health care just means that you pay your insurance premium to the government instead of to an insurance company. I hear complaints about Canada’s socialist health care, especially long waits for specialists. It is not perfect by a long shot. I guess there is no perfect system anywhere. But, as a matter of principle, I choose capitalism and the free market as the best option in most all scenarios dealing with most anything.

          As for G R E E D, that is the profit motive, and it can fly out of hand, certainly. Humans are flawed.


          1. I have friends, residents of Canada, who need surgery such as for a diagnosed malignant tumor and have to wait for a bed and sometimes for a doctor because in the outlying regions there is a scarcity of surgeons and specialists and hospitals that survive from lack of financial resources. Canadians who can afford private insurance coverage pay for that and get better and sooner treatment. That’s from the horse’s mouth.

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              1. I think your information is coming out of the other end of the horse. Private health insurance in Canada can cover prescriptions, physiotherapy, fertility treatments etc., but MDs are not free agents as in the US. They are prisoners of our socialist system, and are forced to work for scraps. You would have been well served to venture up here at some point in your life. Many Americans think they know all about Canada without ever being here.


                1. Kris: Much of what you read here on The Moon comes from the non-apple-eating end of the horse. I’ve never denied that. However, what I was referring to is that actual Canadians have told me of problems with your socialist medical system. Actual, card-carrying Canucks.

                  As for my venturing to your frozen nation, I have done that on two occasions. Back in the 1980s, my second ex-wife and I spent a few days in Montreal with the Canadian Frogs. It was a nice place. It was Montreal where we went to the movies one night and saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the now-famous movie. Why it’s famous I have no idea.

                  The second occasion took place in 1997. I attended a newspaper convention in Seattle, alone this time, and when the convention ended, before heading back to Houston, I took a seaplane trip to Victoria, just an afternoon. Pretty place.

                  So I do know Canada and Canadians. And I vastly prefer Mexico’s healthcare system.


  2. There sure are a puzzling number of GoFundMe accounts being set up asking for donated $ to help hospitalized sick or ill people, or recovering people burdened with medical bills. I can’t figure that out unless the screening method of enrollment is missing its mark in those terms.


  3. I wonder when the government will institute mandatory meteor insurance or being-bored-to-death-by-advocates-of-socialized-medicine insurance? You know it’s coming.


  4. The government should privatize all firefighting services while they are at it. You would have to contract with an insurance company for firefighting. I can just see the warnings on late premium payments. “You don’t pay, we don’t spray.”


  5. Here’s one. I retired early from a major aircraft manufacturer. Part of my pension plan is health insurance until 65. Said former employer is trying to figure out how to cut the benefits of the insurance plan to get under the threshold for the Cadillac Tax portion of Obummercare. That’s right. They are going to have to pay a penalty for our insurance coverage being too good.

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  6. I’m paying the BarryCare tax here in Texas. This year it’s $6K in premiums with a $7K deductible. That’s the cheapest plan for my age (60). Humana and BCBS were the only two providers in the state but Humana is now gone; citing high losses.

    Trump and Johnson both favor allowing purchases across state lines to create more competition. That sure would help.


    1. Scott: You’re paying $6,000 yearly in medical insurance premiums??? I am flabbergasted. I had no idea it was so bad. Really. That would eat about a quarter of our annual income.

      That issue about companies being able to sell across state lines has long been a key selling point for those who favor capitalism over BarryCare and the barring of which was often cited as being a key problem with health insurance before BarryCare emerged.


    1. Clete: There are scads of well-informed people who disagree with this fellow’s interpretation of the matter. Also, one must consider the source. The New York Times is a shameless Barry-promotion organization.

      So I put no stock in this.


  7. I was self-employed for about six months last year. I enrolled and my premium went from $700/month to $1200. Couldn’t use my local hospital if needed — the nearest “approved” hospital was 70 miles away.

    Thankfully I am no longer self-employed, because the premium increased to $1400/month January 1.

    Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama (our largest provider) just announced that they were raising rates 40%.

    Good plan, that affordable health care, keep-your-doctor stuff.

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  8. There are a myriad of problems with the U.S. healthcare system. Cost to the consumer is first and foremost. My premiums in TX will increase somewhere between 25-60 percent, based on whomever reporting you are reading. Little in the ACA does anything to reduce the cost of “care.”

    (Oh BTW, welcome to my Gravatar account. I got tired of dealing with the web service connections back to Google. But still, not like I needed yet another blogging log in.)


    1. Scott: It’s clear that reducing the cost of care or the cost of premiums are not BarryCare’s priorities. The priority is getting coverage for everybody whether they want it or not. God, I’m glad I do not live up there. I would be livid, really.

      New Gravatar account, eh? That explains why your two comments this afternoon went to the moderation pile. That shouldn’t happen again.


  9. In Massachusetts where we enjoy “Mittenscare,” I think it works better than it does in most places, perhaps because we pioneered it. But I’m still paying about $560 a month in premiums, or nearly $7,000 a year. And I’m incredibly healthy, though no longer a spring chicken.

    This, probably more than anything else, will be the final push that shoves me into Mexico for good.

    And in all fairness, the government in the USA distorted the heck out of healthcare many many years before Obama promoted the ACA. Now healthcare is so completely run by special interests, aided and abetted by a captured government, that it’s a complete disaster.


    Kim G
    CDMX, México
    Where we have yet to need any healthcare. Thank goodness.


    1. Kim: For the umpteenth time, Mexico’s healthcare system beats the bejezus out of what exists above the border. It may be the single best reason to move here.

      As for your not being a spring chicken, were I your age I would feel like a teenager.


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