The Law of Unintended Consequences Never Goes Away

Ever try to save a few bucks by attempting your own plumbing repair? Real qualified repair guys just love you to pieces, because that $75.00 repair job usually grows to $300.00, by the time the week-end amateur finally cries Uncle, breaks down and calls Joe the Plumber.

It isn’t that you weekend do-it-yourselfers don’t have a lot on the ball. It’s because you just don’t know what you don’t know when it comes to plumbing, then plunge into the project failing to remember to first turn off the water supply,or really leaning on a pipe wrench and end up twisting a copper pipe into a crumpled mess…you know, we’ve all been there.

Politicians shoot themselves in the foot too…by passing poorly construced laws, with good intentions, but sometimes harming more people that those the law intended to help.

House Democrats and their colleagues in the Senate launched the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts of 2010 at the behest of the President without first stepping back to consider its unintended consequences. Now we find ourselves in a quagmire of unintended consequences.

After a raft of presidental edicts(by-passing congress along the way), attempting to repair the damage done by the law’s unintended consequences, our country is no closer to closing the uninsured gap. In fact, the consequences of the Affordable Care Act have caused millions to lose their health insurance.

In December 2013, by edict, the President floated still another “fix” to allow those who lost health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act to apply for Obamacare Catastrophic Care health insurance plans and relieved them of any tax penalty for not being insured by January 1, 2014. However, such Catastrophic Plans contain a $6,350.00 per person calendar year deductible…OOPS!

Do you mean the insured person must pay his/her premiums each month plus $6,350.00 out-of-pocket before the insurance pays one cent? Absolutely!

Is it time to call the plumber yet?

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