One of the reasons for the sticker shock is the fact that pre-existing conditions are now being “insured.” Insured is in quotation marks here to emphasize the fact it is our next word to change definitions. Insuring pre-existing conditions is not insurance, it is welfare. We’re not saying people with pre-existing conditions shouldn’t get the help they need, but it is a complete misnomer to call it insurance.
It is akin to waiting to buy home fire insurance until after the fire has already started. Rather than changing the definition of the word, it seems to me we should call it what it is.
Our president has played fast and loose with what his signature health care plan would and would not do. We now learn he has long been aware of his galling misrepresentations regarding it.
“Misrepresentations” is a euphemistic way of expressing what really happened. There is a simpler way of describing it with a word that has held its original meaning from the earliest days of antiquity.
The word? Lying.