Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Our friend unintended consequences again

No matter what you do—something screws up. Some guy named Murphy had a law about it.

The geniuses who wrote the new health care law apparently thought people with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) might cheat and get cough syrup with tax-free money so they decreed that to even buy an over-the-counter aspirin meant you needed a prescription.

This way, you scamps could not use tax-free dollars to buy medications. You know how you are.

Gosh, who could have seen a problem there?

This has caused a flood in doctor’s offices, and more costs for retailers and pharmacies (among other things they have to print a label for an item from the shelves).

People aren’t signing up for the “pool” policies that were feared to be so popular it would outstrip funding—yup, they cost too much.

I guess they had hearings on all this beforehand. Or did they? I nod into a coma even thinking about this bill.

Wait—Pelosi said we had to pass it to find out what’s in it, so I guess they didn’t have hearings.

I need an aspirin, but who can afford one?

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