By nature I’m a private person. While I don’t mind sharing news links and information about politics, I do not savor sharing personal information. In this day and age I subscribe to the mindset that the less information about me online the better.
But today a friend of mine, Jim Hoft, inspired me to put aside my normal veil of caution and do something that I have only done in spurts of anger on Facebook. I’m going to share my personal story on how Obamacare has literally destroyed my life. A life which has taken over three decades to build. I do not write this in the hope of gaining your pity. Instead I am sharing this, like I share most things, in the hope of informing you, the reader, to the fact that all of our choices, and the choices that our elected officials make, do indeed have personal consequences.
During my adult life I have been a jack of all trades but a master of none. Thankfully I have always been able to utilize the brains and skills which the Good Lord has given me in order to provide for my family. While I have lacked professional direction, I did at one point have dreams.
When I was young, I had aspirations of joining the Military, like my father. Upon completion of that service I had every intention of joining the local Police force and pursuing a career as a Detective. Youthful stupidity being what it is, I suffered an injury to my right eye at the age of 16 which essentially put an end to those dreams. Having no other aspirations, but being throughly in love with my high school sweetheart, I resigned myself to doing whatever it took to legally support myself and my future family.
Fast forward ten years. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. My wife and I were getting ready to have our first child. I couldn’t be happier.
Up to that point in my life, and even though a College education was financially out of my reach, I was successful in the precious few jobs I chose to pursue. From working for a major soda company for almost ten years, to working for a large auto parts distributor, I had been able to progress through the ranks when I chose and had always left a job under my own power. (Usually because I had a better position lined up.) I had never been fired or asked to leave a job ever.
In 2003 the family owned business where I had been working for three years was sold to the corporate entity. Even though I had been promoted shortly before, I realized that with the sale the atmosphere of the place had changed. It no longer had the feeling of family and what was once a joy, became a nightmare. Seeing the writing on the wall (That facility is now closed) I decided to look for work elsewhere. Luckily with my job history and work ethic, that search proved to be a short one.
Even though I had absolutely no experience in the position, I was able to obtain work at a local hospital in their records department. The pay was good, the job was tedious, yet simple and like all of my positions before, it offered healthcare. What more could an aspiring father ask for?
Over the next five years we purchased our first house and had our first child. It seemed to me that life was good and only getting better. Too bad I didn’t realize at the time that sometimes a bulb burns its brightest… right before it burns out.
At the end of 2008 my wife was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. We were told by the doctors that unless a cause for her condition could be found, she would be dead in five years. While I tried to put on a brave face for my family and when I was covering political events, I am not ashamed to admit that for more days than I wish to count, during the lonely 50 mile commute to and from work, I openly wept. The thought of losing my best friend and the mother of my child was almost too much to bear.
Over the next several months my wife was growing weaker. Even though she did her best to hide it (If you saw her you wouldn’t have known she was ill), she was having a hard time even getting out of the bed every morning. Seeing this I told her I was going to quit blogging and spend more time at home with the family. Frankly I was only getting four hours sleep a night due to researching and writing articles and most of my free time on the weekends was taken up by protests or rallies. But being a strong willed and stubborn woman my wife wouldn’t hear of it. She chastised me saying, “God gave you the talent to be in this fight to protect our Liberty. You had better not quit!” With those marching orders ringing in my ears I continued the best I could. But looking back now, her diagnosis was the beginning of the end of what was once a happy life. Unfortunately for us, we had not reached rock bottom… yet.
Almost two years later, thanks to the ever worsening economy, my wife had her hours at work reduced. Because of that, combined with the ever increasing gas prices, we lost our house. While this loss was hard to take, it was offset by the fact that my Health Insurance coverage paid off.
The CPAP machine, which the doctors gave my wife in a last ditch effort to find a cause for her condition, began to work. It appears that my wife’s Pulmonary Hypertension had been caused by her sleep apnea. Even though she would never be 100%, she wasn’t going to die in the near future as long as she used her CPAP (And didn’t get pregnant or need to be sedated for major surgery). To put it mildly, I was overjoyed.
This Joy was quickly overshadowed by the fact that all of the time I had spent away from her fighting for Liberty had been for naught. Even though millions of Americans screamed that they didn’t want it. Obamacare was rammed through the U.S. Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010.
While my superiors would not confirm it, I knew then that with the signing of Obamacare it was just a matter of time before my job would disappear.
You see, even though Doctors had been rejecting it for years, Obamacare stipulated that all medical records must become digital. The marketing ploy used by the Administration said that this mandate was created so that patients could “take their healthcare records easily with them from doctor to doctor.” The pathetic irony of this lie was that patients could do that long before the mandate. All they had to do is ask for a copy of their records, prove who they were and a copy would be provided for them.
The real motivation behind the electronic medical records mandate was so that the Federal Government could gain access to your medical records without a warrant. What would have normally taken a court order to accomplish will now eventually just take the swift motion of a Federal employee’s finger as they press “Enter” on their keyboard.
Knowing this I applied for a transfer to over 50 different positions inside the hospital and applied to hundreds of external full time positions but to no avail. Even with my sterling work history, and spotless 10 year record of service with the company, I was laid off in October of 2012. I was told that because of the medical records mandate, and the fact that the hospital was cutting its workforce due to the down economy, there was no place for me to transfer to.
With the loss of my job I also lost my all too precious Health Insurance. Unfortunately my wife’s place of work is too small to offer any kind of coverage and with the loss of my job, we no longer could afford to purchase an individual plan.
Over the next year I applied for a few hundred more full time positions and we cut our budget drastically. If it wasn’t for a generous grant given to us by my child’s private school, we would have had to include my child’s education in those cuts.
Now we come to present day. Even though I have had several dozen interviews, like millions of Americans, I have as of yet to find full time employment. While every recruiter to a tee has said that they were impressed with me personally and my past work history, I lacked one thing, experience. Because of Obamacare I now have 10 years worth of useless experience in a job which no longer exists. In this lousy economy saturated with unemployed and over qualified workers, that kind of useless experience means I have no chance at gaining meaningful, full time employment anytime soon. Add to the fact that even though I am working part time, my wife and I have come to realize that because of the Obamacare fine (I will have to pay around $4,000 in taxes in 2016 because I refuse to sign up for Medicaid or take a Gov subsidy), we will no longer be able to afford to pay for my child’s private school (We will be homeschooling.. to hell with Common Core), you can see how Obamacare has basically destroyed my life.
Granted maybe if I had been paying attention years ago I would have noticed the creeping Marxist movement and anticipated the fact that I would be living through the final years of the ‘fundamental transformation’ of American Society into a more Socialist and Sustainable one where I would witness the creation of death panels and the destruction of Liberty..then sure…maybe I could have planned for it better, but hey… nobody is perfect.
Besides even though my life is in utter shambles I wouldn’t be half as concerned if it wasn’t for that fact that I didn’t just lose a job, home and a good education for my child. More importantly we have all lost our Liberty.
Thanks to Obamacare and the Supreme Court, it is now acceptable for the Federal Government to force Americans to purchase a product or pay a tax. Even King George III, the King of England during the American Revolution, didn’t go that far. We are now living through a time in American History when Modern Americans are currently experiencing a type of Tyranny even our Founding Fathers were not exposed to.. and yet the majority of Americans seem to care less.
So before you drag out the decorations and throw a pity party for me.. just remember…. even in this nightmare we call an economy it will be far easier for me to replace the things I have lost….. than it will be for all of us to replace the Liberty which was taken from us through Obamacare.
And that my friends.. is the real tragedy to this story…..