Virginia’s 5th District Congressman, Democrat Tom Perriello, is a silver-tongued snake oil salesman if ever there was one. He could sell ice to an Eskimo. He could even sell socialized medicine to a district largely comprised of capitalists. And that he did.
The delusory pitch was based on Perriello’s promise that his vote in favor of Marxist medical “reform” in America ultimately would save money for the “working class.”
A November 7, 2009 press release from the Congressman’s office deceptively was headlined: Perriello Supports Health Care Legislation To Reduce Costs, Expand Coverage, and Preserve Patient Choice [emphasis added]
In a March 19, 2010 press release, entitled, Perriello and Local Hospitals Announce Support for Health Care Reform, the boy Congressman employs Alinsky-esque class warfare tactics to defend his advocacy of the government medical takeover:
“This legislation will reduce our federal deficit by $1.2 trillion, and for a family of four making $60,000 a year, they can expect to see their costs lowered by $1,000-$2,000 every year under this legislation, and probably more over time. That is real money back in the pockets of working families at a critical time. [emphasis added]
On March 21, 2010, Perriello reiterated his support for Soviet-style health care rectification by assuring constituents:
“At the end of the day, this decision for me came down to whether working families would see savings at the kitchen table,” Perriello said in a statement Sunday night. “They will.” [emphasis added]
So, imagine the surprise when our household’s first, post-PerrielloCare insurance billing statement revealed that premiums had ballooned by 33%! No recent claims had been filed on that policy, nor had any age-related milestone been passed.
The insurer’s cover letter primarily attributed the “rising costs” to “increasing demand for medical services.”
Yale-educated Perriello, (a despiser of American foundational principles), must have known that flooding the insured demand-pool by tens-of-millions of persons would restrict supply, resulting in skyrocketing prices.
And it has come to pass.
Without doubt Perriello’s risky health care “reform” scheme will increase costs for personally responsible Americans even more so in coming years. The President’s own Department of Health and Human Services says so.
Tom Perriello’s statement that his constituents would “see savings at the kitchen table” was eerily prophetic, but not in the way Tom envisioned. As health care costs continue to escalate, the kitchen table savings will be realized—not by “lower” rates, but because rising insurance premiums will inhibit families’ ability to put food on the table.
Qu’ils mangent de la brioche: Let them eat cake!