Derisively named ObamaCare by it’s detractors but smartly embraced by it’s creators, we now have a well written piece succinctly named:
Understanding ObamaCare by David Nather
Here is the link and a small sample.
“If you want to cut through all of the noise and just get
to the bottom line of what the fight over President
Barack Obama’s health care law is really about, you
can learn a lot through the stories of two Georgia Republicans.
One wants to wipe Obamacare off the books. The other says
he needs it to stay alive.
Clint Murphy is a real estate agent in Savannah who used
to be a Republican political operative. He’s also a survivor of
testicular cancer, which means he can’t get health insurance
now. The only way he’ll be able to get it, he says, is through the
Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare.
When open enrollment for Obamacare coverage begins on
Oct. 1, Murphy will be able to sign up for health insurance,
and the insurer won’t be able to turn him down for having
a pre-existing condition. That’s why he has been telling his
story to media outlets and working with the law’s biggest
supporters to make sure Obamacare survives. He’s tired of
Tom Price is one of the House Republicans who keeps voting,
over and over, to get rid of the law or starve it to death.
But Price doesn’t want to just be a wrecking ball. The orthopedic
surgeon is the author of one of the only fully developed Republican
alternatives to Obamacare, and he has been talking it up every chance he gets.
Price has heard Murphy’s story, and has total sympathy for
him. It’s “terrible,” Price says, to be locked out of the health
insurance market like that. But Price says he has a better answer
for Murphy: create special health plans that would be
offered through membership associations.
“If we made it a goal that [people with pre-existing conditions]
would have access to pools of health insurance with
millions of others, … then you’ve solved the problem without
putting Washington in charge,” Price said.
Murphy’s response: That’s nice, but Obamacare is already
the law. It’s time to move ahead and make the law better —
because everyone knows it’s not going away.
“Get off of this ‘my way or the highway,’” Murphy told POLITICO.
“This stagnation they’re creating, it has a real cost to
the rest of us. The stakes are literally life and death.”
That pretty much sums up the battle lines the entire nation
faces as Obamacare opens for business. Part of the nation
wants to throw the law out. Even if they don’t want to shut
down the government or default on the debt limit, they hate
the law and see it as an expensive disaster. The other part is
siding with the Democrats: Enough, already. Get on with it.