Living here in the belly of conservative America I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people speak out about the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, with both dislike and derision. Sometimes when they mention it I half expect them to turn and spit. This being an election year I also expect more and more attacks on Obamacare by everyone on the republican side from the guy running for dog catcher to the one trying to get elected to congress.
During the primary we heard a lot of statements by people running for state legislative seats about what they will do to get rid of Obamacare and keep it away from Indiana. There may be some way to do that, but I just don’t see it as a reality. It is a federal law and that’s the level where decisions on keeping, rejecting or adjusting the law will be made.
My personal take on the law is that for most of us the law contains some pretty good things. I like the idea that my 20-year-old daughter can stay on my insurance while she attends college and that my other daughter can also stay on it once she graduates. I also like the idea that despite some occasional past health issues, I will be covered because insurance companies can no longer run away and hide under the pretense of pre-existing conditions.
I fully admit I am a worker bee and not a queen bee and that means I don’t see the law from the perspective of an employer and I suspect that is one place where complaints against the law are being generated. I am also part of a group plan and not an individual who is being mandated to purchase insurance, so I don’t experience the downside there.