I normally do not pass on “internet” stories like this – but it is reasonably accurate, humorous – and if you don’t understand the law now, you might after reading this!
Chicago Plumber … Affordable Plumber Act (Explained)…
Only weeks after leaving office on January 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovered a leak under his sink, so he called Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drove to President Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated community near Chicago, where all the residents have a net income of way more than $250,000 per year.
Troy arrived and took his tools into the house. He was led to the guest bathroom that contained the leaky pipe under the sink. Troy assessed the problem and told Obama that it was an easy repair & that will take less than 10 minutes. Obama asked Troy how much it will cost. Troy checked his rate chart and said, “$9,500.”
“What?! $9,500?!” Obama asked, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair. Michelle will whip me if I pay a plumber that much!”
Troy said, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make more than $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free. This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it.”
Michelle is not happy as she had Oprah and guests arriving the next morning. The bucket filled up quickly and had to be emptied every hour, and there was a risk the room will flood, so Obama called Troy and pleaded with him to return.
Troy went back to Obama’s house, looked at the leaky pipe, checked his new rate chart and said, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.”
Obama quickly fired back, “What? A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!”
Troy explained, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ a lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers in the plumbing exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs, but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs, especially paperwork and record-keeping. This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they can’t make any money at it. I’m hurting too, all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won’t pay their ‘fair share’. On the other hand, why didn’t you buy plumbing insurance last December? If you had bought plumbing insurance available under the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ all this would have been covered by your policy.”
“You mean I wouldn’t have to pay anything to have you fix my plumbing problem?” asks Obama.
“Well, not exactly,” replied Troy. “You would have had to buy the insurance before the deadline, which has passed now. And, because you’re rich, you would have had to pay $34,000 in premiums, which would have given you a ‘silver’ plan, and then, since this would have been your first repair, you would have to pay up to the $21,000 deductible, and anything over that would have a $7,500 co-pay, and then there’s the mandatory maintenance program, which is covered up to 17.5%, so there are some costs involved. Nothing is for free.”
“But who would pass a crazy act like the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act’?!” exclaimed the exasperated Obama.
After a sigh, Troy replied, “Congress … because they didn’t read it.”
This will help you understand Obamacare …. And here you have it, the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2014’. What a marvelous explanation this is, although somebody spent an awful lot of time thinking this one up!!!