Today was the day every freedom loving, right thinking, mostly middle age and most likely very white and healthy American has dreaded. I had waited for this moment for nearly two years. Ever since the man who has won two nationwide elections by a combined 14,400,000 votes signed into law The Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare. It was here. Tyranny had come to my own drugstore as my technician approached me with the news that she had just been to Covered California. The tyrannical website set up to trick poor unsuspecting souls who wish to see a doctor into committing treason.
It was worse than I expected. She reported that next year she would be saving over $5,000 in health insurance costs. $5,000 that could have gone to good, honest corporations such as Aetna, United Health Care, or Anthem Blue Cross. Companies that have been such good friends to the pharmacy profession.
I shudder to think what sort of hit Humana might be taking in all this.
Back to my own store though. I immediately ran through the impact of the bombshell my technician had just exploded in my face. With $5,000 extra in her pocket the pressure would be off me to give her a raise anytime soon. I looked down at the pharmacy's carpet as I gathered my thoughts. The money that I otherwise might have spent on a technician raise could now be used to replace the tissue paper thin fiber remnants that continue to cling to the floor. A faint echo of the glory my floor covering knew in the age of Don Draper.
So now my technician will have more money in her pocket and I will hire a local contractor to do something about my disgusting floor. If that isn't tyranny than I, and most tea party members, have no idea what is.
I've saved the worst revelation for last however. My friends I have a confession. I myself have been to Covered California. I could not resist the siren call of socialism and as a result I found out I will be paying 1/3 the price of what I was privileged to hand over for COBRA coverage. It wasn't enough that I was already taking advantage of one federal law that interferes with free market health insurance companies who only want to do what is best for you. I would soon be paying far less to the corporations who never in their wildest dreams would ever do anything unjust to their customers.
My other technician, firmly in the grip of Medicare, is long lost to the cause of freedom. She is very healthy however, which I'm sure is a small consolation.
So this is the face of tyranny. A pharmacist taking advantage of no longer having a history of hypertension held against him, able to buy health insurance so he can go into business for himself. His employees happy, healthy, and with a significant amount of extra bank in their purse. A carpet layer hired and paid to perform work.
In short, a socialist hell.
And as soon as the parks open back up and the tourists come back....a more profitable one for me as well. I haven't looked up the meaning of the word "tyranny" in awhile, so I'm not quite sure when it started to mean "extra money and profits." One of you teabaggers will have to clue me in on that one.