The cost of my Obamacare policy cannot be measured in dollars and cents but in dignity. It is transforming me from a contributing member of society into a welfare recipient; its corrosive system of subsidy incentives discourages me from working harder. My familiarity with the law has only bred contempt. Now that I see what’s in it, I don’t just hope but pray that it is overturned, replaced with reforms that actually improve the health care system.
The administration bears some blame for that; the White House has done some conflating of its own. Most famously, the president assured us we would be able to keep our plans. That was never a promise he was in a position to keep. The new program still goes through the private insurance market, which means they decide what customers are restricted to.
But that has always been the case. Insurers playing around with provider networks, policies etc. is a longstanding feature of the system. It’s not as though Obamacare introduced it. It was foolish, though, for the president to speak as though he was the one in charge of that. The only way to guarantee that is to prohibit insurers from altering their policies.
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As of tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2014, I will have health insurance.
I will have easy access to health care.
This means so much to me.
When I got the letter from the state telling me I qualified for the subsidized Oregon Health Plan and could even be enrolled via the fast-track plan because I’m on SNAP (food stamps), I cried tears of relief.
After years of being uninsured after I lost my health insurance and all my financial assets through an unwanted divorce in 2007, I am finally going to be insured again. After years of living in constant low-level fear that I was just one severe illness away from bankruptcy, I am finally going to be insured again. After years of worrying that I might not even be able to get treated at all if I got severely ill because I had no money and no insurance…I am finally going to be insured again. After years of hunting for jobs I didn’t even want just because they provided health insurance, I can finally leave all that behind and focus on doing what I really want to do with my life, secure in the knowledge that I can see a doctor or dentist when I need to.
This means I will have something I have dreamed of all my life: access to affordable health care that does not depend on me being married/domestically partnered or employed full-time.
This frees me up to focus on developing my house cleaning/home organizing business and writing my book manuscript.
Thank you, Obamacare. Thank you, Oregon.
The arguments McArdle and Gottlieb made last night bore little resemblance to the sorts of failure predictions that were widely circulating last November. Many of their arguments simply took issue with the law’s goals; they argued that Medicaid does not make people healthier, that healthy people ought to be able to enjoy the financial benefits of being skimmed out of the insurance pool, and that politicians will reverse all the mechanisms needed to finance the law. In other words, they argued that the law was doomed for the reasons opponents had argued it was doomed in 2010, or for reasons a conservative could offer to suggest Medicare and Social Security are also doomed.
Fascinating email from TPM Reader DW about the sheer level of attempted sabotage down at the ground level in GOP-run Obamacare rejectionist states.
The Recchis now know all that, and they're fully insured for 2014. But it took a while. When we spoke in October and Stephanie told me she didn't "think Obamacare will help us," I suggested that she might be mistaken and that if she was unable to get information from the then sputtering website she should consult an insurance broker. (Insurers pay the brokers' fees, not consumers.)
"When they came to my office, Stephanie told me right up front, 'I don't want any part of Obamacare,' " recalls health-insurance agent Barry Cohen. "These were clearly people who don't like the President. So I kind of let that slide and just asked them for basic information and told them we would go on the Ohio exchange"--which is actually the Ohio section of the federal Obamacare exchange--"and show them what's available."
What Stephanie soon discovered, she told me in mid-November, "was a godsend." The business that she and her husband had launched--which sells a product that enables consumers to store their DNA or that of family members for future genetic testing--had recently received investor interest after being featured on an episode of the television series CSI. So she estimated to Cohen that their income would be about $90,000 in 2014. But even at that level, her family of four would qualify for a subsidy under Obamacare.
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