The Big Think

December 14, 2013


Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:17 am

“Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it…

…Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney. It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.”


Speaking as a member of the Creative Class, health insurance has always been a massive pain in the backside (same with navigating the hundreds of pages of rules regarding income taxes). Those of us who are not shielded from governmental regulations by an employer or HR department see first hand just how out of control and hyper-regulated the interface between the health care industry and the individual is. It’s no wonder there’s a simmering frustration. You don’t see it in a normal job, but cast out on your own and boy howdy. Prepare to spend hours and hours every year making sure you’ve appeased the bureaucratic gods lest ye be struck down. Live in fear.

Straw-man-creating opponents of health care deregulation (the ones who said the ACA/Obamacare would be so wonderful) argue that if you’re opposed to Obamacare then you want people to be uninsured/die in the street/not get care/etc. The reality is that the new system has resulted in more economic distress and dislocation than the old one ever did, and has many more people without insurance to boot.

Reportedly, the creative class representatives noted above are the proverbial canary in the health care coal mine. Within the next year we’ll see the tendency of people to lose their plans creep from the disorganized ranks of musicians, artists, and sole proprietors, up into the lower echelons of small businesses (where workers have already been cut from 40 hours/week to 29), and eventually into big businesses who don’t have enough political juice to receive waivers.

Coming soon to a job near you. Very near.

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