I'm pretty excited about it. I qualify for free health insurance, which means I'll never have to worry about going to the emergency room for something that isn't an emergency ever again. It also means I don't have to see the shitty doctors at the Family Health Centers anymore. It's not perfect, and the legislation that made it possible needs some tweaking. Maybe our elected officials can pull their heads out of their asses and cut costs for the irresponsible drug war so that they can find the money for valuable and popular public boons in the long run. (Probably not.) In the meantime, millions of people will be able to get real healthcare.
I registered - it's open enrollment time right now. They apparently will assist with the medical bills of folks in your household who have recently passed away, according to the Kentucky Online Gateway registry. I like that. They also allow you to register to vote during the screening process, which is pretty smart.
So yeah...basically, if you qualify, you have healthcare now.
Sure, insurance gets you in the door...but there are deductibles and co pays, etc......and no money means no money, with or without insurance.
I think the problem with people understanding this is that they don't know what it's like to be poor or it's been so long since they were that they've forgotten the limiting realities of it.
I have directly transported people on the Medicaid program for the past 6 years. They're broke, but they get care. Actually, while the quality of their care isn't four star, they actually have better access to comprehensive healthcare than somebody working at McDonalds part time. Medicaid expansion covers those people now. So...I think you're in need of research.
Forcing people to buy insurance does not magically equate "now everyone can afford healthcare".
There are bronze plans that cost $32 a month. That's like...what, 12 dollars less than a 30 pack of Bud Light or something? A tank of gas? Yeah...I mean, there are probably people out there who are caught in some small financial window where they make just enough
to not qualify for Medicaid or a free plan, but I think that it's still feesible. Yeah, you've gotta deal with co-pays...but what's worse: a $75 dollar doctor's visit or a $800 emergency room bill?
It doesn't magically equate to anything, but it's a dramatic improvement from no coverage at all.
And let's not forget that in preparation for this law, in the past year, payroll taxes and existing insurance already went up and up and up. Compared to this time last year, we are missing several hundred dollars a month for these things alone! Then, the cost of everything else goes up and voila! Now you're working the same, bringing home less and getting hit with higher bills....and now a whole new bill.
Dude, everybody is fucking everyone else over all the time. 12 oz cans are shrinking to 11.7. I don't know if you've noticed (you probably have), but everything is going up. Wouldn't you rather recieve something good that you should be entitled to anyway? The alternative is to get fucked over on payroll taxes for more drones and more War on Drugs®. I would much rather see a benefit from that money rather than know that I'm paying more taxes for something horrible for no reason. (And before you try and tell me that's not the case, you know it to be true - the government only expands, it doesn't shrink, and it doesn't matter what party is pulling the reigns. Better to recieve healthcare and watch the NSA expand than to watch the NSA expand and receive not benefits at all.)