"Welcome to Obama-land, Land of the FREE," opened the semi-tutorial of one of the local Hubbard EMS drivers named Elmo Bumpers who thinks he is pretty much expert on all things medical. Some folks at the Cafe think Elmo is just a front man for insurance tycoons like Scottie Anderson and Scott Riddle. At least that is what goes around at the Dairy Queen, filling station, post office, and drug store; the normal channels in Hubbard where public opinion flows. Anyway, this is what Bumpers had to say.
"This week this skinny little President celebrates the six month anniversary of all the neat things he has done for people with his health care plan---and he still says it is all free."
"First, Obamacare bans insurance companies from refusing to cover kids with pre-existing conditions."
"Next, he bans insurance companies from dropping coverage of policy holders."
"Then, he promises the insurance companies will cover preventive care at no cost."
"On a roll, Obamacare forces insurance companies to cover children (young adults) until age 26 on their parent's policies."
"The last provision he starts immediately is free immunization for all kids."
"For some strange reason many insurance companies have raised the premiums on their coverage by as much as 15-20% even though Obama says it is all free, and Obamacare really doesn't even kick in with the real costly stuff until in later years," Elmo seems to have learned how to be what he calls, sarcastic.
His newly learned sarcasm continued, "I know this increase can not be because of all these 'free' bans and stuff because the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has warned insurance executives and State Governors that they could not raise premiums and blame Obamacare being the crooks that these business guys and Governors are, 'There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases,' Ms. Sebelius wrote. 'We will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections'," Elmo read this right off a page he had in his orange EMS coverall's main pocket.
Nothings better than some good old free basic protections from Washington, DC the capitol of the Land of the Free.
Billy Mack Waller, who runs the Country Kitchen in Hubbard, which is right across the street from the Hubbard City Cafe, has a sign over the front door:
Think about it,