One of the deceptive techniques used with Obamacare was that it was supposed to kick into the mainstream in baby steps. That’s what Progressives always do. They inject incremental lifestyle disruptions into your life, and after you have thrown your fits or complained and settled down to accept the status quo, they inject another dose of their toxic agenda into your life.
I have to give the Progressives their deserved pat on the back for this ingenious method of applying behavior modification to their otherwise offensive ideology. First they hit you with a repugnant policy, and then they pull back. They know that at first you won’t accept it. And then they come back, but this time it’s through a back door, and they hit you once more. Again, they retreat.
They desensitize you to abnormal behavior and thought, making it a normal part of the culture around you. Eventually, a large section of the masses begins to “progressively” accept the abnormal as normal. An example of this manipulation would be the acceptance of same-sex marriage by so many Americans. It was a totally unnatural concept, yet millions bought into it.
But back to Obamacare. The Democrats always intended for the most abhorrent and objectionable components of Obamacare to come later in the process of implementing the program. They needed for millions of people to have already become dependent on the plan for their care.
Many Americans have yet to be more than mildly effected by the price increases or regulations being issued by the insurance companies. Unfortunately for me and thousands of state employees in West Virginia, we have met the big brother of the states’ healthcare program known as PEIA.
Two years ago PEIA began to require all members to have a primary care physician. It was not optional that we do so. Not only did we have to have a primary care provider, we had to make a wellness visit to this physician and have our waists measured, our vitals recorded, and bloodwork performed.
If we chose not to do this, we would pay the penalty of five hundred dollars added to our already climbing deductibles. But that wasn’t all. We were mandated to meet guidelines concerning the results of the tests. If our cholesterol or blood pressure exceeded a predetermined number, we would have an additional five hundred dollars added to our deductibles. If our BMI was not within limits set, we faced the same penalty of five hundred dollars added to the deductibles.
The insurance company gave us one year to bring the numbers to meet their acceptable standards, and if we didn’t, we paid.
I have no doubt that this overreach by the insurance company is unconstitutional. And I have been surprised that no one has challenged the authoritarian dictates by PEIA. I know several people who have refused to comply and have decided to accept the five hundred dollar increase in their deductible.
PEIA is practicing the purest form of tyranny. Forcing the employees of a particular employer to take their own personal time to take a physical against their will is dictatorial. PEIA is forcing individuals to sacrifice several hours of their time to travel to and from the doctor’s office as well as expenses to get there.
PEIA members are persecuted for having jobs as they are made to follow stricter standards than the non-working people. What about the Medicaid patients who don’t work or have any personal payout for their endless visits to the doctor or hospital? Many of these people smoke, are obese, are alcoholics, and practice unhealthy living habits. Do they have to meet a set of standards in order to receive their FREE healthcare? Do they have to worry about being turned down for medical treatment due to their own personal neglect? Absolutely not!
So, PEIA members pay taxes so that the man on welfare gets his healthcare free. And the PEIA member pays for his own premium, deductibles, and co-pays. The individual who doesn’t work has time to enjoy a workout program or health maintenance plan to achieve optimum health. What is the likelihood of that happening?
The working PEIA member is squeezed for time, BECAUSE HE IS WORKING! He is reliant on convenient foods because of his work schedule, and has little time for regular exercise. But unlike the non-working person getting completely free healthcare, he is penalized for not being in shape that is acceptable to the jackboots of the PEIA administrators.
In essence, the PEIA worker is a slave to the government as he pays for the medical care of welfare recipients. And he is exploited by his own insurance carrier whose goal is to squeeze additional savings from the member who cannot realistically get himself into better shape.
PEIA workers are burdened with obeying demands of a repressive insurance provider, and they are threatened with financial penalties for not conforming.
Free healthcare for those who don’t work, and threats to the working man for being less than in optimum health. This is pure tyranny at the state level of government as it bends to the federal dictums of Obamacare.
Next, I am going to write about my own confrontation with the progressive primary care physician who violated my rights………..to be continued.