Individuals and families seeking health insurance in the era of ObamaCare had better be ready for some pretty serious sticker shock.
But it's an ill wind that blows no one any good. Small business owners and other hard-working Americans may suffer as a result of ObamaCare's regulations, cost increases (and ultimately, rationing), but no one ever accused Barack Obama of forgetting to feather the nests of his political allies.
In the context of ObamaCare, just call those allies "navigators."
You see, if you jam down a huge, complicated and confusing piece of legislation -- and force everyone to be part of it -- you're going to need people to "explain" how it all works. And that's where the "navigators" come in: These are to be new government workers who, under proposed rules, would make between $20 and $48 per hour (provided by you and me). Oh, and bear in mind:
The rules allow navigators to come from the ranks of unions, health providers and community action groups such as ACORN and Planned Parenthood. They are required to provide unbiased advice.
What a transparent, cheesy effort to reward political cronies with patronage jobs. Well, perhaps they'll be able to offer further "unbiased" guidance about how to vote to all the people they're supposed to register.
The navigators aren't the "civilian national security force" of the famed 2008 Barack Obama quote, but no doubt they've either enlistees in the new Organizing for America army -- or prime candidates for it.