My experience at a public meeting held by an insurance company concerning the new health care law (Philadelphia)Submitted by MG1234 on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 23:34
Given the implementation of the new health care law in PA on October 1st, an affiliated insurance company announced Q&A meetings for the public at a local YMCA.
I wasn't sure what to expect: would there be a large crowd of angry citizens, or a small group of charitably minded folk?
As persons arrived, I prepared my video-phone in order to record a few statements of concern.
When the meeting commenced however, thus began the start of a disappointing evening.
Firstly the request was made to turn my video-phone off and being polite, I did so.
After the representative introduced the outline of the plan, I inquired about the mandate, which she affirmed. When I objected to such a mandate as being unethical, the representative simply said that she would not talk politics.
The presentation continued and what I heard from other citizens was not concern about how coercion would adversely affect others or even themselves; rather the prevailing attitude was "what's in it for me?"
When I then asked how she could rationalize covering no pre-existing condition with the concept of insuring risk, I was told that she would no longer answer my questions. I explained that I had a right to know as a member of the public since these were being imposed, yet the commotion of the small crowd diffused opportunity for a reply.
Following that I occasionally heard a few glimmers of critique such as 'do the numbers add up?' or consternation over losing association with their original medical professional, but that was soon lost when 'baited' by the lure of government subsidies.
As I raised my hand about other issues, the representative ignored me and I had to call her attention. At that point I was shouted down by other attendees who said "you like to hear yourself talk!"
I subsequently tempered my questions to practical problems, but the message was clear: you are subject.
As others poured into the room, restlessness and a general dissatisfaction settled within the audience and the session finished.
Afterwards I privately apologized to the representative for personally disrupting her presentation, though politically I highly disagreed. She disclaimed her political views, while in my mind it was ultimately selling out one's conscience.
In sum, it was very disappointing and alarming to see the crumbling of a free society and a precursor to financial dissolution unraveling before one's eyes. I do feel better knowing that I am doing my best as a local freedom candidate and that others are contending such unjust law, but what a tragedy to behold