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    You May Like Obamacare, But Donít Forget About The People It Has Hurt

    You may know me as a political pundit and writer who has spoken publicly about how the Affordable Care Act negatively affected my family. What you might not know is two years ago, I was a seven-month-pregnant widow with one toddler who got a letter two weeks after my husband died, informing me Iíd lost my third or fourth health insurance plan since the Affordable Care Act passed. If youíll remember, the promise was that I could keep my plan if I liked it. I could not.
    I predicted what would happen to my familyís insurance, and to much less fortunate people subjected to the exchanges with us, many of whom have seen doubled premiums and tripled deductibles. If youíll remember, the promise was everyoneís premiums would go down. They did not. For predicting it, I was routinely called a lying hack in public. Itís a hazard of the job, but I wasnít lying. I was right. I also thought it was improbable the federal and state governments could handle building these exchanges and that theyíd likely blow up and be inoperable, thereby preventing people like me from actually purchasing the new plans the ACA required we purchase. Again, I was not lying for partisan gain.
    ACA has helped people. I know some of them well! I have two friends with serious health challenges, one of whom I can say was probably kept alive by Obamacare; the other by the fact she was able to keep her grandfathered pre-ACA plan. I am not in the habit of asserting any piece of health legislation is either perfect or a tool of evil designed by hateful actors. Theyíre not. I will not assert either of these fundamentally shallow and manipulative things about either ACA or adjustments to it (and, yes, this piece of House legislation is an adjustment or a reform, not a repeal, which would change dramatically in the Senate if taken up and change again before eventual passage).
    It has come to my attention that, even among those who should know, or assert they know a lot about health care policy and the market, many donít know that people like me exist. But there are many of us, many with far fewer resources than I, who now have much more expensive, less effective, junkier, nearly unusable plans than we had back when our allegedly ďjunkĒ plans were outlawed. Again, we are not the only ACA story. But we are part of the story, we were sold a bill of goods, and weíre often overlooked.
    My family may be the trade-off that was worth it for you to implement ACA. And Iím actually fine with you thinking that, as long as you donít pretend we and the rest of the people like us donít exist. Weíre probably never going to stop arguing about this, but arguing responsibly and empathetically is better.
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    Every law has winners and losers. Let's stop pretending that Obamacare had no losers. It was unpopular for a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Every law has winners and losers. Let's stop pretending that Obamacare had no losers. It was unpopular for a reason.
    I don't believe anyone thought obamacare was perfect. That, however, is no excuse for replacing it with something even worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Every law has winners and losers. Let's stop pretending that Obamacare had no losers. It was unpopular for a reason.
    Also, an insurance policy is not health care. It may or may not allow access to a doctor and facilities either by not being in the plan or can't afford the co payments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Also, an insurance policy is not health care. It may or may not allow access to a doctor and facilities either by not being in the plan or can't afford the co payments.
    Single payer solves that problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Also, an insurance policy is not health care. It may or may not allow access to a doctor and facilities either by not being in the plan or can't afford the co payments.
    One of the excuses for Obamacare was that people had "junk plans". But if people are forced to pay premiums on a plan where the deductibles are too high to actually use it then that is, by definition, a junk plan.
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    Keep in mind one of the reasons Trump was elected was to get rid of Obamacare.

    Obviously the far majority in this Country saw Obamacare unfavorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    Keep in mind one of the reasons Trump was elected was to get rid of Obamacare.

    Obviously the far majority in this Country saw Obamacare unfavorable.
    Then he should do that. Because all the AHCA really does is tinker with it and rename it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    Keep in mind one of the reasons Trump was elected was to get rid of Obamacare.

    Obviously the far majority in this Country saw Obamacare unfavorable.
    Obamacare helped many but also hurt many...which was the middle class. I think the GOP blew any buy in they had by introducing a bill that has the potential of being worse than Obamacare. The GOP should have spent some time coming up with a plan that could work for everyone, instead it was a race to the top or 100 days to appease Trumps supporters. Trust was already low...now, it will be difficult to get anyone to buy into this alternative plan. You get burned once and it takes a lot of effort and time to trust again. Our politicians need to stop focusing on "winning" and get back to serving the ones who pay their salary or vote them in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    Keep in mind one of the reasons Trump was elected was to get rid of Obamacare.

    Obviously the far majority in this Country saw Obamacare unfavorable.
    At best you can claim a majority of states. The fact remains it was a minority of the people.
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