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October 26, 2013

Healthcare Premium Horror Show [Warden]

It's the most frightening time of year--that heart pounding moment when you spot your open enrollment information lurking in your inbox, rip it open with trembling hands, and scream in horror as your annual premium increase leaps from the envelop and mercilessly feasts upon the insides of your wallet, gnashing and shredding in orgiastic ecstasy until there's nothing left but a handful of pennies and a contemptuously belched up KFC coupon.

Expired, of course.

This terrifying scene will be repeated all across America in the next few weeks.

My own horror show arrived in the mail today. I'll spare you the gory details. Here's the short version: A 25% increase in premiums for the same health coverage I carried last year. For someone on a family plan, that translates into a $1,200 yearly increase.

So congratulations. If you make somewhere around $50,000 a year, then more than your entire after tax annual raise just went to pay for Obamacare. Doesn't that feel FANTASTIC? You're bringing home less this year than you did last year.

And you're one of the lucky ones. See, you have a job. And you got a raise. You're one of life's lottery winners. A one percenter.

Oh, but whoops. They also tacked on an extra $600 per year penalty for tobacco users. Well, that's okay. You're a horrible person for smoking anyway. You should probably just kill yourself and make room for someone less of a burden on the system. Like an illegal and all his extended family.

So, what about the rest of you? Have you been attacked by an axe wielding letter from the HR department yet? What was the damage?

And more importantly, what's the reaction of your coworkers? How about the people who declared that the only reason to oppose Obamacare is racism? How they feeling these days?

Let me know in the comments.

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