NY Times Op-Ed: “The Self-Employed Middle Class is Being Sacrificed at the Altar of Politically Correct Rhetoric”


I may be overselling it a bit with that headline. The truth is that it’s written in the cloying style of chick lit journalism, complete with references to Bridget Jones’ Diary; but that’s more likely to make an impact with the New York Times’ reading base anyway. In between all the unfunny observational humor, there are some dangerous nuggets.

The Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to pay for the Affordable Care Act-compliant option: now if I have Stage 4 cancer or need a sex-change operation, I’d be covered regardless of pre-existing conditions. Never mind that the new provider network would eliminate coverage for my and my son’s long-term doctors and hospitals.

You win some, you lose some.

You have to pay $5,400 more and lose access to your son’s doctors so that crazy people can get their genitals rewired trying to pretend they’re now a whole other gender.

(And yes, once the trannies find this op-ed, they’ll be sending angry letters demanding that the New York Times apologize for running an op-ed making bigoted jokes about their identity. And they’ll probably get their way.)

“Obamacare or Kafkacare?” I posted on Facebook as soon as I hung up with Anthem. I vented about the call and wrote that the president should be protecting the middle class, not making our lives substantially harder.

… my respondents implied — in posts that, to my annoyance, kept getting more “likes” — that it was beyond uncool to be whining about myself when the less fortunate would finally have insurance.

“The nation has been better off,” wrote one friend. “Over 33 million people who did not have insurance are now going to get it.” That’s all fine and good for “the nation,” but what about my $5,400 rate hike (after-tax dollars, I wanted to add, but dared not in this group of previously closeted Mother Teresas)? Another friend wrote, “Yes, I’m paying an extra 200 a month, but I’m okay with doing that so that others who need it can have health care.”

I was shocked. Who knew my friends were such humanitarians? Has Obamacare made it un-P.C. to be concerned by a serious burden on my family’s well-being?

Well of course it has.

You’re not supposed to complain about the impact of liberal policies on the Middle Class. Only the “Reich Wing”. And you’re supposed to pretend that everything would be fine if it weren’t for the Koch Brothers.

The heated reactions even moved offline. Frustrated, I observed to one friend who was covered through her work that when an issue didn’t affect people directly, they became “theoretically generous.” Ask them to donate several thousand dollars so that the less fortunate can have medical insurance — which is exactly what President Obama is asking me to do — and I’ll bet they’d change their tune about “ending inequality” and “creating fairness” and “doing what’s good for the country.”

It worked for Lori, who seems to have gotten mugged by ObamaCare. And while she’s no conservative, she is looking for sympathy about the mugging and not getting it.

Because it was one of those politically correct muggings for the Greater Good.

Along with the smug insureds, President Obama doesn’t care much about the relatively small percentage of us with canceled coverage and no viable replacement. He keeps apologizing while maintaining that it’s for the good of the country, a vast improvement “over all.”

And the “over all” might agree. But the self-employed middle class is being sacrificed at the altar of politically correct rhetoric, with nobody helping to ensure our health, fiscal or otherwise, because it’s trendy to cheer for the underdog. Embracing the noble cause is all very well — as long as yours isn’t the “fortunate” family that loses its access to comprehensive, affordable health care while the rest of the nation gets it.

Except the rest of the nation isn’t getting it.

Lori is right that the self-employed middle class is getting screwed. But then it’s always getting screwed by liberalism which pushes institutional power and the ‘big’ factor over the self-employed and the middle class.

But ObamaCare isn’t really a sacrifice on behalf of the uninsured. The uninsured are also being sacrificed. Aside from a small number of people who couldn’t get affordable insurance due to pre-existing conditions, the only people who benefit are the ones in charge of carrying it out… but who aren’t subject to it.

Welcome to Liberal Utopia where sacrificing for the greater good means almost everyone is worse off, but blames everyone else because they think that they’re sacrificing for someone else.

  • BagLady

    Couldn’t even bear to read the whole article. Are you really suggesting that if sex-change operations etc are not on offer little blue-eyed Billy will be saved for free? You have all been indoctrinated by the American capitalist system. Rather than reduce the sickening profits made by the pharma companies and private medical practices, you’d rather kill off the poor and marginalised. The sad thing is, most advocates for this ludicrous greed will probably find themselves at the thin end of this wedge in their twilight years.

    • Rhogue

      So why doesn’t the government regulate big pharma, hospitals charging $10.00 for an aspirin, or private medical practices instead of forcing the middle class to shoulder these exorbitant costs for their families as well as the less fortunate? There would be a LOT less complaints if fraud and corruption in the medical industry were addressed prior to implementing socialized health insurance.

      • FaithMartin

        What? Regulate the campaign donors? Surely you jest!

      • pupsncats

        Because lots of the bureaucrats are shareholders of pharma companies and for-profit hospitals or on their boards.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I don’t think that’s it. Lot of things seem “wrong’ but are part of the compromises that are accepted in order to make ends meet due to other regulations, like being forced to treat people that can’t pay, and being forced to write off the bills with little means of collecting.

          It’s like the bank crisis we had that was caused by government policies forcing banks to lend to high risk borrowers. Very few people have even heard the suggestion that government regulations were the singular root cause of the banking crisis. Most people consider it a problem with “greed” and “not enough” regulation. People today still rant about the banks causing today’s problems when it’s the leftist “social justice” policies that are holding us back, without any question about it.

          It’s insane. At least half the country is demanding more of what is killing us.

          • http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/ Nixys

            Thomas Sowell wrote an excellent book on the Housing Crisis.


          • objectivefactsmatter

            Thanks, I’ll check that out.

          • pupsncats

            I totally agree with what you said but also think about how all of those regulations are cooked up. Do you think there isn’t money, favors, bribes, a good job for the politician’s son-in-law involved in at least some of the laws and regulations passed by Congress.

            Always follow the money.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            We’re simply talking about distinct aspects of the same problem. It’s difficult to cover blatant fraud and exploitation, like $10 aspirin tablets, unless you’ve got cover to do so. A lot of these justifications are not widely published.

            It’s similar to many other situations. But of course underneath it all you have to have someone willing to execute a policy such as we are talking about. They get paid. But they also pay out. It’s corrupt, but corruption justified by our culture due to the dominant cultural hegemony of the left and their “greater good” arguments. It’s also more complicated than what the average person can see when they get their hospital bill, so I think these points are important to make.

            The grand daddy of them all was the federally regulated home loan scam. Now it’s 0’Bamacare dwarfing even that. It’s just that people haven’t realized it yet. And the fed is powerful enough to cover most of their tracks as far as the majority of the public can discern. It’s always been a “might makes right” world.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “So why doesn’t the government regulate big pharma, hospitals charging $10.00 for an aspirin, or private medical practices instead of forcing the middle class to shoulder these exorbitant costs for their families as well as the less fortunate?”

        You mean why doesn’t it regulate them in favor of sensible pricing? Partly because they already force other profit-eating policies.

        In the end, it’s about productivity and freedom vs. wealth redistribution. The government creates regulations that often cause more problems than they fix, and then they claim it’s not regulated well enough. They never, ever tell you the true costs of the regulations we already have. Ever.

        EVER! And the solution according to them will always be for more regulations. It’s the slippery slope that ends in socialism and government sovereignty over nearly everything.

    • tagalog

      BagLady: appropriate web name for that post.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        It’s hip to be a leach in some societies today. She’s a modern libertine I guess. And why not, since the government has so much untapped wealth. Share it!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The poor don’t need free gender change operations. And American health care costs have been largely driven by government regulation which gets passed down.

      If a doctor’s office has to hire a medical coder just to file claims, who do you think is going to end up paying for that?

      • FaithMartin

        A lot of people do not understand that a private doctor has to pay his staff, his rent, his building overhead (electric, water, sewer ect), and for all of his equipment (which is NOT cheap). And then when he charges 12$ for a SMA 12, what he gets from the insurance or Medicaid is 3$ and the patient may or may not receive a bill for the rest. The same goes for his examination. They make an appointment for a 15 minute window, and then gab for 30 about their kids, or whatever, and the doctor is being kind and listening, but it sets other appointments back 15, 30, 45 minutes while they gab about everything but what is actually wrong. Then the patients complain about long wait times. And then, if the doctor increases his appointment slots, he cannot afford the nurse that takes your BP, temperature, initial complaint, nor can he pay the phlebotomist who takes you blood, or the spectrometer that he puts that blood in, or the centrifuge that spins it down to serum before being put into the spectrometer, or a MILLION other things that are necessary to a doctors office. People want doctors to give their services away, because, “Didn’t they take an oath to treat those in need” yes, indeed they did, but they didn’t swear to starve while they do it. Yes, there are HUGE medical corporations that are gouging the hell out of the patient, but it is not the singular, or even 3 or 4 doctor private practice. It is the huge corporate medical facilities that pay millions of dollars in bonuses every year to their board of trustees, big pharma, who while it does necessary research, also pour millions and billions into bonuses and ten thousand dollar desks. So before people think it is your average doctor who is killing his patients on cost, it is not, it is the corporate medical establishment. No, the average private doctor is not starving, but he is not a multimillionaire either, he falls into the middle class as a rule, and not always the upper middle class either. A doctor did not pay half a million dollars to become a doctor to starve because there are people who think he should just treat anyone whether they pay their bills or not, because he took an oath. And NO, I am not a doctor, nurse, or in any way connected to the medical field.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Most of these lunatics would seriously not be able to successfully run a lemonade stand. That’s the state of America today. How can they possibly understand macro economics?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          They don’t do economics. They do wish fulfillment fantasies.

      • laura r

        i want a face lift etc, i “identify” w/younger people. will they pay? i have a right to beauty, as much as a man wants to be a woman. quite frankly i dont care if chico from mexico gets his OP. his sex problems are his business. i do know that insurance @ goldman saks pays for sex change. thats ok w/me, its on their dime. also the brokers need to be happy. read that in the NYtimes btw.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The poor don’t need free sex change operations. And American health care costs have been largely driven by government regulation which gets passed down.

      If a doctor’s office has to hire a medical coder just to file claims, who do you think is going to end up paying for that?

    • Habbgun

      Everything about this Obamacare is a lie. Changing risk pools to entitlements screws everyone. Even the poor you pretend to care about. If a poor person through their job’s insurance gets top flight care (and they do especially compared to the Cuba you guys love) you turn away and regret that they “sell out to the system”. The greedy insurance companies that don’t pay for experimental treatments that save lives? They actually do when those treatments are proven. I’m waiting in horror for the day a “poor child” is “saved by Obamacare” by some experimental treatment they otherwise wouldn’t have got and like everything in Democrat land we’ll find it was a favor to a well-connected operative who is anything but poor. Mission accomplished and then we’ll be investigating well regarded treatments that people like you say only make big pharma rich. I have been successfully treated every day by pharma’s products but all I have seen from Obama is a lousy website and hate from those who “love” him.

    • pupsncats

      Yes we have been indoctrinated by the American capitalist system which has served millions of people from everywhere by giving them the freedom to dream and work to make their dreams come true as opposed to a system where the revolutionaries at the top echelon grab everyone’s property and wealth and build themselves palaces while the majority of the people live in totalitarian squalor.

      The real greed exists in the government bureaucracy which creates nothing of value and confiscates the things that are valuable to squander and destroy.

      Those darn pharma companies and health care providers in private practice are such a bane on humanity. They are only in it for the money. The pharma companies spend billions of dollars creating drugs that extend human life or make it better for the disabled and those with chronic diseases but should not expect any rewards. And those health care providers in private practice are also just in it for the money. Some have spent years and thousands of dollars in education costs but they too should not profit from their endeavors.

      Everyone should work hard, spend their own money, take time to get an education that creates a value to others but should never think they have a right to own the fruits of their labor because that is greed.

      • m4253y

        very well said.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        But they’re so greedy because they want to get paid. At least the government isn’t selfish. They do it for the greater good. Which means they’re awesome and we should just trust our great gods in the great capital buildings.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Rather than reduce the sickening profits made by the pharma companies and private medical practices, you’d rather kill off the poor and marginalised.”

      Obviously you don’t know anything significant about free market capitalism. If the government was concerned about “adding value” to medical services overall, they’d teach students how to evaluate policies and become more savvy consumers. Not dictate that all of their pet causes must be paid for.

      But you’re a nutty bag lady so I guess I can’t expect you to understand that wealth is actually finite, nor how it’s actually created. And the battle isn’t over “profit” vs. “doing it for the love of mankind.” The battle is over sovereignty of profit (or capital). You’re a lunatic that thinks big brother will be benignly “regulating profit” when it doesn’t even know how to create value in the first place. You’ve added another layer to the supply line and given that layer all of the power.

      It’s funny you refer to us as indoctrinated.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “…you’d rather kill off the poor and marginalised.”

      That’s right. All of your delusional ideas are great because you’re generous and caring and we’re bloodsucking vampires.

      Everything will be wonderful as long as the press continues to inform us that it really did work for the greater good, no matter how deceptive our own suffering might be.

      Some people will never learn.

      • laura r

        free care for all of the millions of anchor baby moms. oh i forgot, they always had it for free.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          It’s a culture built around a huge Ponzi scheme. At a certain point I can’t even blame every person that gets sucked in. I mostly blame those that create and perpetuate the schemes.

  • eduardo n

    I think the op ed piece should be credited to Lori Gottlieb. She has a face book address, and people ought to compliment her for writing the piece about the unfortunate reality,

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Problem is, all the rhetoric is emanating from the bowels of the NY Times.

  • tagalog

    The move toward nationalized health care insurance is simply the latest, if most ambitious, example of epater le bourgeoisie.

    Let 15,000,000 get cancelled on their health care insurance as long as 37,000,000 have the potential (once the sign-up process is figured out) to get it. The cancellees are only the middle class. They’re rich, so to hell with them.

  • laura r

    the artical is excellent. the NYtimes comments were interesting, as about 35%-40% agreed w/the writer. sex change ops are a growing business. maria/jose/chicos 12 illegal children is another growing business. i was surprised the Times published the piece.

  • pupsncats

    Lori misunderstands the purpose of Obamacare. It isn’t about fairness or even about health insurance or health care. It is about expanding government power and control and a distribution of both money and benefits to those the government favors.

  • truebearing

    How is it that the meaninglessly non-specific “greater good” ALWAYS turns out to be horrible for the greater majority? Could it be that it is pure toro caca, being spread by evil ideologically driven con-men?

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    My health insurance rates have been cut in half by Obamacare … and I’m complaining. I’m a 62 years old guy and I should pay more than a 30 year old man. But the younger guy has to subsidize me. This is a grave injustice. I didn’t ask for this.

    Yes, I know I’m also paying for maternity, Alcoholism, and sex change operations. I still suspect that I come out ahead in financial terms but I object to the lack of choice. My rights are violated as are the rights of those who are forced to subsidize my risks.

    I’m the anti-Lori. She only complains when her rights are violated to benefit others. I’m complaining even when others’ rights are violated to benefit me. I’m furious at Obama turning me into a welfare-bum with no choice.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    (see above)

  • Steve Shane Lester

    Your title wasn’t off at all. I just received my notice that my premium is going up… $6,852 a year. I’m a self-employed middle class. And that’s with a $5,000 deductible.