In New York City, thousands of Obama voting, well educated, upper class professionals complain about losing their insurance because of Obamacare

The New York Times is reporting this news about five years too late, but I guess that’s better than never. Obamacare is forcing thousands of Obama voting, well educated, upper class professionals from New York City to lose their insurance.

Even before Obamacare was passed, its critics were saying this would happen. It’s a shame that the New York Times waited until after the 2012 election to report information that Obamacare critics knew five years ago.

These people are intelligent, well educated professionals. How could they not see that these cancellations were coming? How could so many people who are this smart, simultaneously be so dumb that these cancellations are coming as a surprise?

The New York Times reports:

With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals

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.

“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.

Ms. Meinwald, 61, has been paying $10,000 a year for her insurance through the New York City Bar. A broker told her that a new temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost $5,000 more, after factoring in the cost of her medications.

Roy Lyons, managing director of Marsh U.S. Consumer, an insurance brokerage, said he had heard complaints from physicians, lawyers, pharmacists and optometrists.

Among those affected are members of the Authors Guild; the Advertising Photographers of America; the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a music teachers organization; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; the New York City Bar Association; and the New York County Medical Society.

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. 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.

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.

“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

December 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics.


  1. rightie replied:

    Embrace the suck. Hope n Change!

  2. A “Get Ready Forum” Caveman replied:

    Elections have consequences. I say this to those who not only voted for the Democrats, but those who support the statist Republicans as well.
    You give a government, any government this much power, never hold them electorally responsible and you get what you voted for.

    A Nanny state, built by paid for politicians, enabled by useful idiots, for moneyed corporate interests.

  3. AWC replied:

    “Embrace the suck” is right. Trust Pelosi to vomit something useful on occasion, like a truism. People believe what they want to believe. Everyone wants to believe something can be had for nothing (or at least for something from someone else).

    We had two propositions on the ballot last year, one was to raise money for schools by raising the income tax on the wealthy and a small increase in the sales tax, the other was to raise the same money by raising incomes taxes on just about everyone. Which one do you think the voters went for? The one where someone ELSE, notably those evil bastards we call the “wealthy” have to pay the bill. They happily voted down the Proposition that would raise their own taxes. Everyone is for the schools, as long as it’s not their own money paying for it. Hypocrites, every last one of them.

    I hate people. A lot. The ignorance, arrogance and greed within The Mob is inexhaustible.

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