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Ugh! More than Ugh!! At the moment, I can think of a disabled friend, a family with a handicapped child, an older couple struggling with serious cancer, and a single friend who was self insured who have all been notified that the insurance they’ve _had_ wil no longer exist. Oh, and yes, a single mom with two boys who can barely afford to feed them, will now evidently be paying a fine bkz she can’t afford health insurance!
But hey, the commercial was funny
Yeah, even in tragedy you have to find a way to laugh about it. But you’re absolutely right that this is serious stuff. The fine is one of the biggest problems because it’s so blatantly unconstitutional and will affect so many people. Lots of students and other folks willing to get by on catastrophic only or less will no longer have that option. I was so disappointed with Justice John Roberts (a Bush appointee) when he worded his opinion in a way that would allow that provision to go through.
Of course, Harry Reid is going on national television insisting that “people are going to love it even more than they already do!” But maybe that’s logically correct—they certainly can’t love it less!
If your income is super-low you don’t have to pay the fine, but that just puts more perverse incentives into the system–i.e., to work less or to stop looking for work and go on some kind of welfare so as not to have to pay the fine.
Since the thread has gone in a slightly serious direction, I might as well mention this organization, which I’ve seen several people recommend. I don’t know a lot about them, so this is not per se a recommendation from me. http://samaritanministries.org/
They are grandfathered under Obamacare, and people who join that organization aren’t subject to the fine for not being insured. Strictly speaking, however, their members are not insured. How this would work out if, for example, one were in a catastrophic car accident, I don’t know. Or what difficulties it would create with finding doctors willing to take one on as a patient.