I'll let you in on a little secret, I DO NOT LIKE the Affordable Care Act. I only called it Obamacare in the title because I wanted people to get confused for a second. "Wait, what, Gina the liberal Democrat has a problem with health care coverage for many?"
And yes, Virginia, I do have a problem with health coverage for many.
Because dammit, it isn't health coverage for ALL. I want a freaking single-payer system and I want it now.
I want all the idiotic Republicans who keep talking shit about the Affordable Care act to SHUT UP and face the fact that it is essentially a Republican blueprint for healthcare.
I remember a few summers ago when the Democrats were going to try to push a single-payer bill through Congress before the recess and I knew, I just knew, that they were going to blow it. That because the Democratic party does not vote in lockstep with each other, they would wind up killing their own bill.
And sure enough, they did, and now we have this other ludicrous thing that was some sort of screwed up compromise to get some kind of health care reform passed at all.
My daughter is "additional needs," (to coin a phrase from the fabuloso Magneto Bold Too) and even though we have healthcare coverage through my husband's employer that is better than about 90% of everybody's else's healthcare, we still wind up paying over three hundred dollars a month in copays for all of her therapies.
To us, three hundred dollars is a freaking lot of money.
But I cannot imagine what kind of situation we would be in if our coverage was not as excellent as it is. What kind of dilemma might face parents with lower incomes. I could easily see it being an issue of eating vs. therapy for their child in some months. Hell, we are one bad thing from the same thing happening to us.
We are right in that sweet spot of making too much money to qualify for any government help (which is being chipped away slowly but surely) but not quite enough that we can let three hundred bucks go out the door every month without a second thought.
Of course we will pay the money for as long as my daughter needs help, but I can't help but be a little bitter when I know there could have been a much better solution for everyone.