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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I read today that GOP strategists are concerned about the party continuing to campaign against the Affordable Care Act in 2020.

Imagine that.

During a pandemic.

When millions have lost their jobs.

And their insurance.

I'm one of them.

In my case, I don't have any pre-existing conditions, only the need for some medication which my former company covered up until the end of May.

I checked out COBRA  but that would cost $700 a month for a single male my age -- at a time when I need to extend my meager savings. I choose not to, instead gambling I will stay healthy or avoid an accident until I'm once again re-employed.

But as I've noted time and again in the last seven weeks, I'm lucky. I have a little savings. I have the beneficence of friends and complete strangers. Despite being bad at taking care of myself, I remain healthy.

There are now millions of working people -- makers in GOP parlance -- in need of help for something as basic as health care, something all other developed countries have offered for decades. And the evidence is in: countries with universal health care plans have longer life spans, lower newborn mortality rates and all together healthier lives.

The problem is not messaging.

It's reality.

1 comment:

  1. Rich,
    I've been reading your very good blog from time to time and checked in today. The administration's unceasing effort to dismantle the ACA is infuriating.
    I don't like the bet you're making. There are other options besides COBRA, aren't there? Losing one's job is a life event, so you could get an ACA Marketplace plan or maybe apply for HIP.
    One day you're healthy, and the next day you're not, especially as we get a little older. I was diagnosed with cancer at age 54. That's a hell of a kicker, but please think about getting covered.
    P.S. I am cancer-free now.