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