I played around on the obamacare website, and it was pretty much impossible to get through. Plans were usually about $1-200 higher than the plan I’m paying for now, which admittedly is a catastrophic plan.
This guy who signed up and became a media hero turns out to be a partisan hack and a dishonest one at that.
Republicans and the Democrats still can’t reach a deal; it kind of makes it hard to do so when the President and Senate have said they won’t make any deal whatsoever, in contrast to every earlier shutdown.
And, if you hadn’t heard it by now, Obama and his minions in the Park Service are doing things that cost resources in order to shut down open air, zero maintenance memorials like the WWII memorial in order to make this shutdown unnecessarily painful. This is pretty pathetic use of government workers to make political theater.
Hard to say how this shutdown will play out. There’s a lot of concessions Republicans can extract. For now I think they should let Obamacare go forward and cause widespread pain in the form of job loss, forced conversion to part time work, and increased premiums. These effects will make it doubly unpopular within a year.
Incidentally, I had a thought this morning that Obamacare may accomplish something Republicans have wanted to do for a long time: turn ordinary people into health care consumers (and insurance consumers) attuned to price. One can imagine a grassroots movement for cheaper, catastrophically oriented plans after they are dropped from employer plans and forced to buy their own, not highly overpriced plans. Such people with high deductibles will shop around by price later also as they are using their nonrecompensed pre-out-of-pocket dollars, and more “Urgent Care” type practices with transparent pricing will likely emerge geared to that customer. Of course, millions more will probably just be as irresponsible as they are in every other area of life and become useless welfare parasites. Hard to say exactly the long term effects, but I know from my own experience of buying my own insurance that I looked at going to the doctor and spending money on healthcare very differently from the days of a generous, employer-provided plan..