Health Insurance Industry Tells the Koch Brothers And GOP To F*ck Off

DON'T TELL ME I CAN'../../../../wp-content/uploads/2013/12/true-football-fan.png


One of the worst kept secrets is that the Koch Brothers are funding “Generation Opportunity,,” GO is the “grassroots” (I do not think that word means what you think it means) organization that is trying to convince college age students to not sign up for health insurance. The idea is to keep the young and healthy, the people whose premiums will subsidize the old and sick, away so the entire program crashes. You know, the exact opposite of letting the free market work.

As I’ve said a number of times before, if Obamacare is so dreadful and doomed, why is the right trying so very hard to sabotage it? Shouldn’t it fail on its own no matter what?

Turns out that some other people are pretty sure that Obamacare is going to work just fine and they’re planning on making sure of it:

In all of 2012, health insurers spent $216 million advertising on local television stations. But that’s nothing compared to what they’re about to spend. According to trade association TVB, insurers will spend more than $500 million on local television ads in 2014. And that’s to say nothing of cable television ads and social media campaigns.

Insurers look at these next few years as a gold rush. Tens of millions of people will be buying private insurance of the exchanges. It’s a swarm of customers like nothing they’ve ever seen. And they plan to capture them — even if they need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do so.

Yeah, I think the right is about to get an unpleasant lesson about the “free market” they claim to worship. Usually, big money gets spent to push back against Democratic legislation. I look forward to the bitching and moaning from conservatives about “fascism” and how unfair it is that corporations are in Obama’s pocket. Where’s my popcorn?


2 Responses to Health Insurance Industry Tells the Koch Brothers And GOP To F*ck Off

  1. Hm…. This goes against a bit of what I heard this weekend. My great-aunt and great-uncle talked to their insurance representative, and he did exactly what I would have expected – told them they had to get newer (read: more expensive) policies, and that it was all Obama’s fault, and that Obamacare was going to be the end of the US. (Of course, they’re still left with the impression that Obamacare is a single payer healthcare policy of its own, and refused to believe me when I tried to explain the actual law. But they’re 90. They just think I’m young and stupid. And obviously, I’m not going to argue with the elderly, particularly not with ones I only see a few times a year.)

    Wait, scratch that. I’m an idiot. They know exactly what they’re doing. Tell all the people who are uninsured to buy their policies through the exchange, and then manipulate the older/less informed current customers into getting more expensive policies and blame it on the big, bad black man in the White House. Ugh…..

  2. Somewhere in there, reality will intrude. And it will dawn on them that they’ve been tricked. Then, the deluge.

Leave a Reply