Guest Post: 10 Signs That Obamacare Is Going To Wreck The U.S. Economy

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

It is hard to find the words to adequately describe how much of a disaster Obamacare is turning out to be.  The debut of has been probably the worst launch of a major website in history, millions of Americans are having their current health insurance policies canceled, millions of others are seeing the size of their health insurance premiums absolutely explode, and this new law is going to result in massive numbers of jobs being lost.  It is almost as if Obamacare was specifically designed to wreck the U.S. economy.  Not that what we had before Obamacare was great.  In fact, I have long argued that the U.S. health care system is a complete and total train wreck.  But now Obamacare is making everything that was bad about our system much, much worse. 

Americans are going to pay far more for health care, the quality of that care is going to go down, they are going to have to deal with far more medical red tape, and thousands upon thousands of U.S. employers are considering getting rid of the health plans that they offer to employees altogether due to Obamacare.  If the U.S. health care system was a separate nation, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet, and now Obamacare is going to absolutely cripple it.  To say that Obamacare is an "economic catastrophe" would be a massive understatement.

Of course we were assured that it wouldn't turn out this way.  We were promised over and over that we were going to pay less for health care, get better coverage, and be able to keep our current health plans if we were pleased with them.  The following is what Obama said at a rally in 2009...

"First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you."

Oh really?

That was such a dramatic lie that even NBC News is turning on him.  They discovered that Obama has known for three years that most people that rely on individual health insurance policies would not be able to keep them...

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”


That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Pretty much everything that Obama told us when he was selling us on his plan has turned out to be a lie.

So what can we expect from Obamacare moving forward?  The following are 10 signs that Obamacare is going to wreck the U.S. economy...

#1 It is being projected that millions upon millions of Americans are going to lose their current health insurance plans thanks to Obamacare.  Most will be faced with the choice of either purchasing much more expensive health insurance or going uninsured.  This will put even more stress on a middle class that is already disintegrating rapidly.  The following is from the recent NBC News investigation mentioned above...

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

#2 The health insurance premium increases that some families are experiencing are absolutely mind boggling.  According to Mike Adams of Natural News, one family in Texas just got hit with a 539% rate increase...

Obamacare is named the "Affordable Care Act," after all, and the President promised the rates would be "as low as a phone bill." But I just received a confirmed letter from a friend in Texas showing a 539% rate increase on an existing policy that's been in good standing for years.


As the letter reveals (see below), the cost for this couple's policy under Humana is increasing from $212.10 per month to $1,356.60 per month. This is for a couple in good health whose combined income is less than $70K -- a middle-class family, in other words.

According to NBC News, an elderly couple in North Carolina was hit with a similar rate increase...

George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was "perfectly happy" with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The "comparable" plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.

Many Americans that were formerly in favor of Obamacare are now against it after they have seen what it is going to do to their budgets.  The following is one example of this from a recent Los Angeles Times article...

Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.


"She said, 'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.

#3 Obamacare actually includes incentives for people to work less and make less money.  The following is one example from a recent article by Sean Davis...

In California, a couple earning $64,000 a year would not qualify for health care subsidies. A bronze plan for them through Kaiser would cost them about $1,300 each month, or $15,600 a year. But if that same family earned just $2,000 less, it would qualify for over $14,000 in annual health care subsidies, dropping their premiums for that same Kaiser plan to less than $100 per month.

#4 Thankfully the employer mandate in Obamacare was delayed for a little while, but it will ultimately result in widespread job losses all over the country.  In fact, we are already starting to see this happen.  The following is from a recent article in the Economist...

BEFORE the recession, Richard Clark’s cleaning company in Florida had 200 employees, about half of them working full time. These days it has about 150, with 80% part-time. The downturn explains some of this. But Mr Clark also blames Barack Obama’s health reform. When it comes into effect in January 2015, Obamacare will require firms with 50 or more full-time employees to offer them affordable health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000-3,000 per worker. That is a daunting prospect for firms that do not already offer coverage. But for many, there is a way round the law.


Mr Clark says he is “very careful with the threshold”. To keep his full-time workforce below the magic number of 50, he is relying more on part-timers. He is not alone. More than one in ten firms surveyed by Mercer, a consultancy—and one in five retail and hospitality companies—say they will cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare. A hundred part-timers can flip as many burgers as 50 full-timers, and the former will soon be much cheaper.

You can find a very long list of some of the employers that have either eliminated jobs or cut hours because of Obamacare right here.

#5 Even if you are able to keep your job, there is no guarantee that your employer will continue to offer health insurance as an employee benefit.  In fact, it is being reported that large numbers of employers have already decided to no longer offer health insurance to their employees because of Obamacare.

#6 According to CBS News, so far the number of people that have had their health insurance policies canceled is more than three times greater than the number of people that have signed up for new policies under Obamacare...

CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies -- more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

#7 If what is going on in New York is any indication, those that are signing up for health insurance under Obamacare are going to have a really, really hard time finding a doctor...

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.


A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.


Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

#8 Obamacare is turning out to be a gold mine for hackers and identity thieves.  The personal information of millions of Americans could potentially end up being compromised.  According to CNN, was found to be teeming with security holes...

The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to hack into users' accounts.


Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account.

And according to the New York Post, has been designed so badly from a security standpoint that it might have to be "rebuilt from scratch"...

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said ObamaCare’s website, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health-care consumers to deposit their personal information.


“I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” political talk show. “The way the system is designed, it is not secure.”

#9 As I noted in a previous article, approximately 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to medical bills.  Because millions of Americans are now losing their health insurance policies and millions of others will choose to pay the fine rather than sign up for Obamacare, more Americans than ever will find themselves overwhelmed with medical bills when they get seriously sick.  This will result in even more personal bankruptcies.

#10 In the end, the burden for paying for the subsidies that Obamacare offers is going to overwhelmingly fall on the taxpayers.  This is going to cause our nightmarish national debt to get even worse.  Peter Schiff recently explained why this is going to happen...

It is also ironic that high-deductible, catastrophic plans are precisely what young people should be buying in the first place. They are inexpensive because they provide coverage for unlikely, but expensive, events. Routine care is best paid for out-of-pocket by value conscious consumers. But Obamacare outlaws these plans, in favor of what amounts to prepaid medical treatment that shifts the cost of services to taxpayers. In such a system, patients have no incentive to contain costs. Since the biggest factor driving health care costs higher in the first place has been the over use of insurance that results from government-provided tax incentives, and the lack of cost accountability that results from a third-party payer system, Obamacare will bend the cost curve even higher. The fact that Obamacare does nothing to rein in costs while providing an open-ended insurance subsidy may be good news for hospitals and insurance companies, but it's bad news for taxpayers, on whom this increased burden will ultimately fall.

So what do you think of Obamacare?

Has it directly affected your life yet?

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Zero Point's picture

Destroy the Kulacs!

funwithstocks's picture


We have a marxist for president whose entire intent has always been to destroy our economy. But you know we live in a nation of idiots. Gib us dem 'Bamaphones! Vote for Obama, he gib you a phone!

Zero Point's picture

Anyone who can afford their own phone is obviously a class traitor, who should be sent to the Gulag!


MinnesotaMD's picture

America is going to get free phones and free healthcare right in the nose. American voters deserve it.

They are spending money like they never intend to pay it they must think they can get away with that. The pain from this folly will know no bounds.

Some doctors think their businesses will boom, and those doctors are fucking fools. They can stay in this country when our inflation hits 47% and we can't produce toilet paper like the chavistas in Venezuela.

Obamacare is the only barbarous relic I know of. Tried and failed every time, in every country.

john39's picture

obamao's great leap forward has begun...

nmewn's picture

Two thousand pages of "law" for one item is not enough! How about tens of thousands of pages of...regulations!!!

Here ya go ZHer's, knock yourselves out, they've been very busy ;-)

TwoShortPlanks's picture

That's akin to reading the Engineering Specs on the Titanic whilst listening to the music?!

nmewn's picture

Some of us have to be masochists, for the good of

Check out page 34,, 34,560 talks about stripping away "grandfathered in law" as written...wonderfully sadistic bureaucratese type stuff, on how you can keep your insurance plan...but not really ;-)

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Page 34,560...WTF?!...why aren't you out fishing in retirement, Grandpa?

johnQpublic's picture

$1,356.60 per month

thats a mortgage on a 300,000 house

cant imagine a couple making 70 grand a year getting approved for a mortgage of that size

WTF_247's picture

Try $1350+1100, they have to live somewhere.  Now we are at 2400 or so.  They have to eat.  Even bargain basement is $300 per month, that is 10 bucks a day total for both people.  They work so they need transportation of some kind.  Lets say they do not even own cars but ride train/bus/taxi.  Even bus is $35 per person per month unlimited, lets call that $80 per month.  They pay utilities, electric, gas.  May or may not pay water.  Those are likely at least $150 per month combined.  If they have to pay water/trash that is likely another 50.  Heating is variable depending on where you live.  Lets average that out to $50 per month.  They need phone service of some kind, home or cell.  And internet access.  That likely runs $150 per month total, assuming they do not have fancy iphones or surf the net like crazy.  They also likely need some kind of TV services. We will assume they are frugal and pay $40 per month.  Ok, lets see where we are at now:


1350 + 1100 + 300 + 80 + 150 + 50 + 150 + 40 = $3220 per month.  That is very, very basic.  No eating out EVER.  No birthday presents.  No trips.  No savings. No IRA contributions, no KIDS. No out of pocket expenses.  No emergencies.  Likely this underestimates a bunch of stuff and leaves out a ton. It also assumes they never, ever will own any form of transportation, nor will ever own a home EVER.  Otherwise the likey bill is 4200 per month, bare bones.


@ about 70k per year they likely keep 50-55k of it.  That is around 4500 per month or so, maybe a bit more.  That gives the above family 300 bucks of leeway above bottom of the barrel if they either own a home or a car or both. Good luck.  What used to be comfortable is now a struggle.  If the water heater breaks - where is the money?  If the car breaks down, where is the money?  How about if a relative gets really sick - no chance you are going to visit them - there is no money to do so.

Granted you could cut out all phone services and television to free up some.  AT some point why are you working if you never get anything and cannot get ahead at all?  Why struggle to that degree to pay the insurance so you do not get fined?

Easy answer - no one will.  They are not stupid.  Its likely easier to work at McD for min wage and be on welfare and food stamps + section 8 housing and then get almost free insurance.  Life is easier because there is no struggle.  Get yerself an Obama phone and you are set.



James-Morrison's picture

The answer is easy.

Quit your job, divorce your spose.

If we all collectively received subsidies, it would crater this "Affordable" plan..

Take one for Liberty.

Quit your job.

1 800 FUCK YOU!

Freddie's picture

This will put even more stress on a middle class that is already disintegrating rapidly.

Bingo.  This has ALWAYS been Obama and the Demo-Turds plan all along helped by RINOs like McCain.

SafelyGraze's picture

on the bright side, 

as more people are unemployed whilst obligated to pay higher insurance costs, there will be fewer people who can afford homes

which, as per usual, will send house prices upward

tudemonstro's picture

Unless you're being sarcastic, a reduction in home buyers (demand) leads to lower house prices due to excess supply.

funwithstocks's picture

Kulacs, looked it up. Yes, exactly.

Things that go bump's picture

It wasn't genocide - They insist they didn't kill those farmers because they were Kulacs; they killed those Kulacs because they were farmers.

nmewn's picture


Yes, the descent into madness, until there is no bread. Then they ask for a mulligan, again.

Not this time.

Things that go bump's picture

One young boy, in a burst of patriotic zeal, turned his parents in for hoarding food. They made a hero and poster boy of him. When he was killed by the other villagers they declared him a Martyr of the Revolution. Stalin went right for the jugular. What better way to control a population than to have absolute control of the food supply and decide who lives and who starves? As an object lesson we ought to take a close look at who is educating our children and what they are being taught.

skeeterpi's picture

Did you see the lines in LA for free health checkups?

We my be doomed unless good people stand up.

Keyser's picture

We are already doomed. The only reason we don't have bread lines with 1/2 the populace standing in them is the advent of food stamps. 


Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

Lets not forget all of the discretionary income that will go to Obamacare. I have a friend who owns a flooring company. This is going to really hurt his business. People that would scrape together money to put a hardwood floor in a room will no longer have that money. It will go to increased healthcare premiums. Taking that money out of the economy will be the final nail in the coffin.

duo's picture

As I said before, the Obamacare Recession of 2014 will be legendary, as the equivalent of two car payments are subtracted from the middle class, or what's left of it.

Spigot's picture

Euphemistic 'recessions' aside, no, it will usher in a full blow, and very deep, depression in the consumer economy, just as $10 per gallon gasoline would. There already is no money to spare for many of the youngest workers. I estimate the lower 50% of income earners will be destroyed outright by this political asteroid.

First, the mandatory monthly costs from budgets which do not have ANY spare change. Second, the deductables essentially make all routine care a 100% out of pocket cost until they backfill the $1,000's in deductables (every year, mind you).

I estimate $8 to $16 billion more syphoned out of household pocket books every month.

2 months and counting. I sure do hope the Democrats don't mind being shot at, since there will probably be A LOT of volunteers coming forward to take a crack at em. Can they dodge and weave as well from bullets as they do in their talk...

Diogenes's picture

Don't forget the lost jobs as employers keep under 50 full time. Many will lose their jobs or be reduced to 20 hours a week. Then be expected to pay most of their pay check for insurance. Which does not cover routine medical expenses, and which the insurance companies will weasel out of in the usual way when there is a medical disaster in the family.

That, plus the money sucked out of the pockets of the few who have full time jobs. The economy, already on the ropes, will collapse in a year.

Unless they pull off another slick trick, another quick fix, another gimmick. I don't know how the hell they do it but they have already kept this shit show going 10 years longer than anyone dreamed possible.

Urban Redneck's picture

My recollection is that the 50 number is a gross oversimplification. There are record keeping requirements that will force employers into the TBTF payroll provider oligarchy (e.g ADP) where some really FUGLY calculations are performed to let government know whether your company has more than 50 FTEs - NOT 50 employees. So the output of your company is actually limited to to what 50 people can produce (i.e. a company must either be TBTF or too small to matter). But what do I know- since I only read the damn law, (although it is possible that in the 30,000 pages of subsequent regulations they made Dr. Mengele's healthcare laboratory less lethal to small business, but I somehow doubt it).

edit: to clarify, none of that takes away from the validity of the economic incentives under the ACA for making ALL employees part-time and not providing them healthcare (or all employees who are not c-suite officers of the company).

Freddie's picture

You can see it now and over the past 5 years plus it will only get worse.   Look at industries or things we can do without or delay.  Stores that sell beds, furniture and others.  I think tires stores and auto repair places are probably being affected as well. I have see used tire stores in those shopper mailer things.  

People will put off replacing beds and furniture.   Hope and Change.  

Dr. No's picture

Well, it's zero sum. Your friend may need to feed his family with dog food, but the chief of united healthcare will be able to buy a third line of blow for all his admin assistants.

G.O.O.D's picture

how in the fvk does a guy circumvent this piece of shit?

lead salad's picture

Do what Tyler did at the end of Fight Club, just make damn sure the bullet enters your cranium and you end up 6 feet under, or you'll be under Oblame-a's "care".....that's one way....

Keyser's picture

Pay the fine for 2014. You won't have to worry about it after that because the ACA will fail completely. 


vlad335's picture

Obama and the left in no way will let this fail. NEVER! I don't know how they will force people to buy a ruinous policy but it will be done. It is after all, the "Law of the land." Want to renew your drivers license? We need proof of health insurance. Want to file a tax return and not get arrested by the IRS? Show us the policy.

Obamacare is no different then all leftist schemes. It will require all encompassing force.

WTF_247's picture

You cannot compel that for which there is no money to pay for.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

They could easily make the tax rate 90% on everyone be edict.  However, that goes against the above and other clauses and was one of the reasons America was born in the first place.

I can assure everyone if the cost of health insurance goes above the cost of housing per month then its done.  If you cannot qualify to buy 2 houses then there is no way you can afford to pay it.  People will put up with a lot but if you threaten to take any semblence of happiness away because you basically double, triple or more the mandated monthly payment to LIVE then its done. 

Would people be homeless just to avoid a fine?

Would people choose not to feed their kids just to avoid a fine or jail?

Would people go to College, take on debt to better their salary only to be far, far worse off than the stoners who ditched school, did not graduate, committed various crimes and never accomplished anything except being stupid and now get free healthcare, free housing, free food, free phones and free transportation?

Would you work your ass off to make $60k per year only to be forced to live in $600 a month shit housing in high crime rate area with your family in the slums and eat dog food all because your insurance is $1400+ per month that is mandated that you pay?  The current administration would likely deem that an excellent choice because living there you probably have a 1000% increase in chances to get injured through violence, break-ins shootings, fighing, rape etc.  See - the insurance IS good.  You just were too stupid to realize it.


Freddie's picture

I am not sure about everyone else here but most of us are getting it already when we buy buy with our own money. The O voters and illegals with EBT fill their baskets with GMO/corn syrup/ Captain Crunch and other BS with no worries.  The rest of us have seen serious food price inflation because they print so much so these slackers can get free food.  All mega food corps,ADM corn syrup INC., fast food places, JPM, Wal Mart love EBT/WIC cards.

We are stuck paying higher prices for food because of devalued fiat and high demand for food because HALF of American is gettin it for free.

ObamaCare will be socialized medicine.  They don't care if they destroy everything - that is the plan.  They are pushing amnesty now to insure that 50 million illegals will keep you slaves in line.

John_Coltrane's picture

The fine mechanism functions by taking the penalty from your tax refund.  Solution is, always owe on your income tax, so no penalty can be assesssed.  You should make sure this is already the case anyway.  Why loan the government money?  Max out your W2 deductions and minimize your tax.  With a little creative accounting you can probably get your tax owed quite close to zero.

Urban Redneck's picture

Such faith... how cute.

They have methods, and the process you describe above (i.e. not loaning the government money) you would leave you 1) subject to whatever usurious rates the IRS chooses to implement (and I know of NO statute that actually prevents the IRS from using multiple rate tables - i.e. one for the haves and one for the insurance have-nots, and 2) that would instantly open the door to bypassing the mythical fig leaf of protection afforded from their lien and civil forfeiture toolkit.

If you want to fight the State (on the State's terms) you have to cover your flanks and have all you ducks in a row. Deductions can be disallowed and under-paying creates an enforceable obligation, that's not covering your flank, its dropping trou and bending over.

StrangerInAStrangeLand's picture

Don't sign up.  If you work and pay taxes, up your contributions so you don't have a refund.  Supremes said the government/IRS can't enforce the penalty by going after you.  They sort of sold out.  Not entirely, entirely.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Right. Obamacare wrecked the economy. OK. Let's go with that. Is this Fox News Online? This new law may be shitty but you may have noticed the country was heading for a cliff long before Obamacare started. Without the fake Fed trillions this country would be in a deep depression. Don't give me this shit about Obamacare ruining the country.

Dr. Engali's picture

You're on the wrong site, I believe you're looking for the Huffpo. The bottom line is it's a piece of shit legislation, and it's another squeeze on the middle class. Sure it's not the only factor destroying the economy, but it's making a major contribution.

LetThemEatRand's picture

He's got a point.  The Red Team side of MSM is making the case that Obamacare is the root of all evil, when it is merely a branch on the tree.  Maybe a big branch, maybe just a nail in a coffin with many nails, but either way the economy was fucked long before Obamacare was a twinkle.   It is unfortunate that many millions of people will look at this one manifestation of evil as the "cause" of what is about to happen, while the Fed and its owners gleefully soak up what is left of our productive economy. 

The title of this article assumes falsely that the economy will be wrecked because of Obamacare.  It is a legitimate gripe to call bullshit because it was wrecked already.  Doesn't mean he's defending Obamacare.

Dr. Engali's picture

I don't disagree Rand, however this guy continues to be an Obama apologist and I find that to be disgusting.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I haven't been following the poster.   Anyone who apologizes for Obama is part of the problem.  Obama is in fact the worst President ever, until the next one anyway.

jon dough's picture

Not to mention his belief that the fed's trillions are holding back depression.

Holding...uh-huh, like a fork holding back the tide.

Inevitable, epic fail.

banzai401's picture

Carefully calculated this entire event. The purpose of the circus is to generate fear and loathing so people OPT-OUT, first year 0.5% of 'income', then 2.5%, then 10%, fuck I could see it going to 50%, why the fuck not?

Your looking at the last days of the USA, and the insurance companys and lawyers ( obama ) OWN your fucking ass, and your bank-account.


The reason for having the IRS in charge of collections is they already have the power to haircut your saving's account for the collection of the penalty.

There has NEVER been a better incentive to have ZERO-INCOME.

What this does is completly fucking divide ameriKKKa into GUBMINT employees, and private-sector serfs,... the FINES will accelerate the rate that the private sector becomes poor.


Make no mistake the ageda of the GUBMINT pensioner is to squeeze every last bit of blood from the private sector.

There is no obama-care ( romney-care ) its all a ruse, to justify new taxes ( fines, ... penalty's, ..negative savings ... ).


johnQpublic's picture

you make a fine point

There has NEVER been a better incentive to have ZERO-INCOME

and people say the next generation wont be able to retire til they are 73


they will HAVE to retire at 23

Incubus's picture

yup. going to take the missus to the junkyard to watch the rat fights.


Fun being retired in my 20s.

jon dough's picture

I get confused when it comes to verb constructions

I know this post is attempting to read the tea leaves but neither "future simple" nor "future perfect" really sound right...

Diogenes's picture

How about "past perfect" and "future tense".

justanothersucker's picture

Look, the economy HAS been wrecked for 5 years.  Obummer Care was passed in Dec. 09 and it has been wreaking havoc on the economy ever since.  It's implementation in the form of new regulations was IMMEDIATE. 

Sure the markets went up  They HAD to, thanks to Bernac.  This was the smokescreen to placate the masses while the rug was systematically pulled from beneath them.  The unAffordable care act will be the largest wealth transfer from individuals to the government IN HISTORY. 

There were 30mm=/- people without healthcare, before ACA.  Now, approx 17MM+/- who had previously PAID for their insurance will be dropped and either get subsidies or pay HUGE premium increases.  Say bye bye to the middle class and say bye bye to the economy.  There isn't a fucking thing we can do about it......except leave.