It is almost exaclty 4 years since signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Four long years of rightwing howling over things that they claimed were killing them, jobs, and America - most of which had nto even gone into effect over the long rollout.
Today, is the last day of the open enrollment period for folks to sign up, lest they be fined for being un-insured.
Now, there are plenty of holes to be poked into the ACA. It was a leftover GOP Health plan from the early 90s, it was Romney Care, Bob Dole had it in 1996 as his health plan, Inusrance companies practically wrote the law, it does not address all of the isseus we face in the health care factor of living in America, and so on.
Many people opposed the current ACA. Some don't like it out of fearful ignorance, fueled by rightwing talking points, some don't like it because it does not go far enough and isn't single payer.
But, as the final hours are ticking away to get enrolled, there are some interesting questions and facts to take into account:
My biggest question is: why is there an erollment deadline at all? Should this not be an ongoing thing?
What happens to all those who don't get insured? Penalty? Tax payers covering for their lack of participation?
ANd in the facts category:
Enrollment is closing in on 7 million (the orginal number, I believe, that they wanted to reach, though recently, they have said that they surpassed the 6 million goal. Go figure.)
Kids under 26, are staying on parent plans to the tune of over 3 million.
Medicaid expansion has had positive effect on nearly 4 million.
If those numbers hold true, we're looking at nearly 14 million people in the plus column for ACA.
There are still giong to be 35 million or so, who are not insured.
Bloomberg has a great summation of it all, today:
Now, all that there is to do, is to wait and watch the flurry of activity over the next few days, as the numbers are touted by the Dems, and the grumbles from the right become more disshevelled.
I hold to my prediction that, by October, the Insurance Companies will order the GOP to stop talking about repeal, as the next enrollment period begins, and they see the hundreds of millions of dollars rolling into their accounts as a result.
Money talks. And the GOP can't afford to offend the Insurance folk who write them big checks out of those profits.