A fast approaching campaign issue

By Tom Quiner

I just got back from insurance agent. Ouch!

We reviewed my health insurance coverage. He said to brace myself for bad news. Health insurance premiums will be increasing in the double digits by the beginning of the year.

The official bad news won’t be released until November.

I may be one of the lucky ones. My agent guesses my premiums will “only” go up by some 14 percent, which is $966 for the year. This is on top of $750 last year and more than $500 the year before.

In some states, like Minnesota, the increases will be more like 50%!

Barack Obama and his party promised Obamacare would lower premiums. You remember the con: he said premiums would drop by $2500 per year for the average family. In reality, it went up more than $2500, and will get dramatically worse next year.

Because of Obamacare and its inefficient, bureaucratic structure, complete with perverse incentives, the American people are once again going to see their lifestyle take a hit.

And it happens during the presidential election cycle! Now, there’s some good news.

We need a serious discussion on healthcare. What do the Republicans offer that can work better? Let’s see Democrats try to defend their debacle.

The American people are going to demand answers.



  1. loaper73 on September 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Yea well ya know, we were warned (in close detail) by those who were opposed to Obamacare from the beginning. Never have understood why the Left has no cognitive reasoning skills but here we are…. very near to a complete meltdown due to this lack of basic common sense. 20 trillion in debt, corruption off the charts, not a broken but a ruined health care system, and a people so divided we just shout at one another. We have a court system ruling in favor of any and all things deviate and immoral, while Islam invades us without firing a shot.

    We deserve not to survive this. Frankly I don’t think we will.

    • quinersdiner on September 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      I understand your cynicism, but encourage you to keep the faith. Most things are fixable. My biggest concern is the moral drift of the country, which is not quickly fixable. But healthcare, national debt, and entitlements can all be fixed with strong, conservative leadership.

  2. gps16 on September 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Without proper funding and the right combination of system and market its going to be hard to expect a candidate to be able successfully make a healthcare reform. Unfortunately for all of us theres no easy to cut the budget that both sides could agree on. Obamacare isn’t the right set up.

    • quinersdiner on September 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I think Republicans would be smart to agree with the goals of Obamacare, but to make the case that a bottom-up, patient-oriented plan is more efficient and compassionate than the top-down, bureaucratic approach that so defines Obamacare. Thanks for writing, Garrett.

    • encourage the faithful on September 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I woke up this morning to some good news, gps16.

      “Republicans in the US House of Representatives have standing to proceed with a lawsuit against US President Barack Obama’s administration over his signature healthcare law, a federal judge said Wednesday, handing them a significant and somewhat unexpected victory in the ongoing legal battle.

      US District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled Wednesday against the Obama administration’s motion to dismiss the case. Collyer said House Republicans do have the standing to pursue their challenge, which argues that the Obama administration violated the US Constitution by spending money on the law that had not been appropriated by Congress.”

      Let’s see what our Republican lawmakers (and the candidates) do with this gift!


  3. loaper73 on September 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    It’s a good thing to be hopeful. To believe that we will overcome as Mr. King put it.

    It should occur to us however that this kind of thinking has delayed needed action causing damage to increase a hundred fold. It has the potential to fool us into thinking it’s never possible to go past the point of no return.

    Our nations leaders yak about everything and do nothing but make things worse. After watching it all unfold for many years, most would say they aren’t really trying. Surely the notion that it’s going to be either Democrats or Republicans to set it right is a dead issue.

    • encourage the faithful on September 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

      I am in total agreement with you, loaper73. There is much that cannot be fixed when we have completely pushed aside the moral and ethical nature of a thing. Of course, we can be hopeful about our life in Christ as salvation history has been tested and is real. We faithful know that Christ brings His kingdom to us. That is different than what we have done to the temporal realm. I do not see a fix and I too believe we have gone too far. I do ask God, every day, to forgive us and to right this ship that we have steered so off course. We are watching His majesty unfold spiritually and corporately.

  4. bluebird of bitterness on September 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I was one of the supposedly lucky ones whose insurance didn’t get canceled when Øbamacare was passed, but the cost went way up. This year it’s going way up again. I think I’m going to cancel it and go with Medi-Share instead.

    • quinersdiner on September 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Let me know how that works out. I’ve heard their commercials.