A woman, 49, was diagnosed in 2005 with Carcinoid, a terminal cancer that nevertheless responds well to therapy and with which people can live for years.
She was doing as well as she could – living a tough life, but living. She had an expensive Blue Cross/Blue Shield health plan she needed because it covered the drugs and the doctors who kept her alive.
Until November, that is. Her son picks up the story in the Wall Street Journal:
And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.
Because the exchange website in her state (Virginia) was not working, she went directly to insurers’ websites and telephoned them, one by one, over dozens of hours. As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience navigating the enormous problems of even our pre-ObamaCare system. But nothing could have prepared her for the bureaucratic morass she now had to traverse.
When finally she found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other cancer treatments, she called the insurer, Humana, HUM -3.24% to confirm that it would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her cancer—would be covered at 100%.
Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was refusing to pay.
There is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive. ObamaCare made my mother’s old plan illegal, and it forced her to buy a new plan that would accelerate her disease and death.
I’ve bolded the penultimate sentence of this excerpt because it states what is truly evil about Obamacare.
The government, on a massive scale, is not just regulating commerce, it’s structuring commerce. It’s telling us that we have to buy something, and then what we can and can’t buy.
But central planning is bound to lead to enormous unintended – and intended, but not preferred by consumers – consequences. That’s what we learned from the Soviets. Or apparently, didn’t learn.
If Obamacare remains with us, it will not just ruin our health care system. That’s only the beginning. It will accustom us to enormous government intrusion in our lives, so that when in a few years another inspirational left winger comes along promising us some other glorious promised land, we’ll be more willing to accept it – and it will be easier for him or her to justify – because the government already is so intertwined in our lives.
That’s what’s happened over the last 100 years, as entitlement programs were established and then allowed to grow like cancers themselves, while we got used to having half our income stolen from us to pay for it.
We’re entitled. We want. We’ll get. And one day, the bill will come due. The bill always comes due. And then what program will save us? None will.