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Rep. Jim Moran, (D-VA) announced his retirement yesterday, and since he doesn't have to run on the success or failure of the health care reform bill, he decided to be awkwardly candid with American University radio yesterday. Sure, this makes him a bit of a coward as far as most grassroots, liberty-loving, freedom-supporting, health care reform-rejecting Americans go, but since you can't usually expect any elected leader to grow a spine, even upon retirement, let's give Jim the benefit of the doubt.
Especially because he's giving us an inside look at how Obamacare is really functioning from the top levels, and it isn't pretty.
“I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will, are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent, I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations,” Moran says. “But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially.”
If Moran’s prediction is correct, the whole law could unravel. He says there just isn’t enough incentive for healthy young people to sign up for insurance.
“And, frankly, there’s some legitimacy to their concern because the government spends about $7 for the elderly for every $1 it spends on the young,” Moran says.
The one thing that Obamacare doesn't take into consideration is that some people don't buy insurance because they don't want to, or don't feel the expense is warranted given how unlikely they are to develop a pressing need for it. That's a problem, because like a hungry zombie horde looking to feed on the supple, tasty flesh of the young, the older and richer people entering into the health care exchanges have massive health expenses. Young people who don't have ongoing health problems pay in more than they take out. Older and richer people take out more than they pay in. And you need a balance, otherwise everyone is going to start feeling the pinch.
Of course, young people may not even see the benefits they pay in for. Rep. Jim Moran calls this one of Obamacare's "glaring flaws," which prevent it from being truly useful to, well, almost anyone.
The problem is, of course, that while Jim Moran is completely certain that the program will ultimately fail because its champions refused to take into account the basic tenets of human nature, he still voted for it, alongside hundreds of other people charged with protecting the interests of their constituents in Washington. So while Jim Moran is stabbing the President in the back by shedding light on the health care program's numerous inadequacies, he's also sort of stabbing you in the back, too. Because no matter how much it sucks - and let's be honest, we were saying it would suck from the beginning - they still thought it was worth their time. And that's probably why no one trusts Washington.