Everyone knows that the official name for Obamacare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The question is whether that's an accurate title. According to Jim Geraghty's article, the PPACA is anything but affordable. Geraghty's article includes some disturbing specifics:
A non-smoking woman, age 30, buying the plan with the lowest possible premium in the state of Virginia would pay $564 per year, or $47 per month. Affordable!...Until you realize the deductible is $7,500. That’s how much she has to pay out of pocket before her insurance pays anything.
That isn't affordable. That's outrageous. Unfortunately, that isn't the only disaster waiting to hurt families or young people:
In Oregon, land of the music-video promotional campaign . . . that 30-year-old, non-smoking woman can get an insurance plan with a premium of just $52 per month! Of course, the deductible is $10,000. In Washington, D.C., it’s $53.50 for a plan with the same $10,000 deductible. In Maryland, she can pay $65 per month for that deductible. In Illinois, $68 per month. In Connecticut, $99 per month.
In Maine, that same woman can pay $127 per month to enjoy a $12,000 deductible!
In Minnesota, that same woman can pay a monthly premium of just $56.92 with a $15,000 deductible. What a bargain!
Those aren't bargains. They're rip-offs. It's perfectly appropriate for you to show your congressman or senator what you think of them for voting for the PPACA.
What's worst is that this is federal law, meaning states aren't allowed to try other policies. That's what happens with Washington-centric, top-down laws that were put together by politicians who didn't listen to their constituents.
Nobody seriously thinks that constituents would've put those plans together if they had their way. Washington-centric, one-size-fits-all plans don't fit into an iPhone/iPad world of limitless options.
Finally, it's important that people question Democrats for putting this monstrosity together. Specifically, they should ask why Democrats a) didn't listen to them and b) hurt their families with these expensive plans.