We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remember when Heritage wanted something like Obamacare?
No, I don't.
The Butler article at Heritage proposed forcing everyone to be a beneficiary of a major-medical plan, unless they were poor enough to be receiving benefit. This type of plan is now illegal under ACA -- sure you can have one, but only if you also have an ACA qualifying plan.
The differences are big: Under the Butler plan, the mandated insurance is very much the sort of product you would find under the entry "insurance" in the encyclopedia set that your parents had sitting on the bookshelves. It's cost would be minimal. Under ACA, what is called "insurance" is partly insurance, and partly a pre-pay pooled medical expense policy.
Others have proposed the same thing, and as a blue-sky exercise I think it worthwhile. But I'm like many in thinking "if the federal government can force me to buy this, what is there that they would be barred from forcing me to buy?"
...and that is precisely the conundrum. The good of forcing everyone into some form true insurance pool opens the door for those pools to require coverage for all kinds of progressive perversion like abortion, sex change and non insurance things like contraception. Best to just let the market sort it out and provide some support means for the truly poor.
Wait -- can I actually still buy a major medical plan if I buy an ACA-compliant plan? Because as much as I detest my projected $4,800-a-year premium hike, I'm almost more concerned about the shrinking networks and my inability to find insurance to do what's really important for me, which is to protect against truly horrendous medical bills resulting from a big, scary illness. If and when such an illness hits, I'm not keen on relying on a rigid doc-in-the-box "network." But I still need to protect the nest egg that we've saved up to protect us in our old age. We're not expecting a pension or Social Security. We're expecting to use our nest egg to stay alive. It's real money that medical expenses can blow through.
The American people twice elected and American intellectuals twice endorsed a politician whose only skill was running a campaign, then are shock that he applied his only skill to governance. This is a democracy.
No that we discover the primary purpose of the ACA is to sing people up to vote it doesn't seem inconsistent that Unions should be exempted from paying for it since they deliver so many votes for the Democrats. It would seem that Obamacare may well be the biggest fraud n history.
"Estate of socialite who was Fitzgerald's great unrequited love and inspiration for The Great Gatsby's Daisy goes on sale for $16.5M
Genevra King was as beautiful as she was wealthy when she fell head over heels for a young F. Scott Fitzgerald as a 16-year-old school girl
She would later leave the middle-class Minnesotan to marry a rich Chicago man
King would later be immortalized as the flighty and self-centered Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby
Her home in Lake Forest, Illinois, which has plenty of links back to Gatsby, is now for sale, with an asking price of $16.5 million"