When I told a Republican friend about my premium increase, he was exultant. “See! I told you so,” he responded.
The news for me is not entirely dismal. Having a pre-existing condition, I had been on the pre-Obamacare death spiral. As a self-employed individual, I had a terrible time finding insurance and when I did, it cost more than my final Obamacare total. The fact that I could go to a website and in 30 minutes find coverage was truly a breakthrough that Obamacare loathing Republicans should not discount.
As Obamacare passed in 2010 on a straight party line vote, we watched majority Democrats lard up the historic legislation with all sorts of things, like maternity/pediatric benefits for single older guys, and things like coverage and the 30-hour work week, which prompted a surge in layoffs. Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly voted for the ACA and in doing so, said it would need to be tweaked. He later won a U.S. Senate seat in Indiana despite his vote. Former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton correctly observed that this kind of social re-engineering without bipartisan support is deeply flaw.
In the intervening four years since the ACA passed, was there any tweaking?
No. House Republicans voted more than 40 times to repeal the law when the GOP didn’t control the Senate or the White House. Their office communication systems were not dedicated to public service, but anti-Obamacare propaganda.
I am personally paying for their politics when all I needed was access to good coverage at a decent price. And I am mad as hell about that.
So now we have these two powerful Republicans traversing Indiana. Both Brown and Bucshon ardently opposed the ACA, but both acknowledge it’s not going to be repealed.
They also agree that two huge elements are in play. First, 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day and that is going to stress the system. It would have done so with the old one. Secondly, we are on the precipice of wonder drugs, where human genomes will allow individualized cancer treatments, for instance.