Well, I don’t like the “Obamacare” label, anywhere near as much as the “Affordable Care Act”, but the Obama campaign is up and running with it. Go order your shirt/bumper sticker/pin here:
This comes at a time when the health care law is polling fair-to-badly; the right is apoplectic and support on the left is soft. (Thanks Greenwald and Hamsher for that.) What people know about the law has been reduced to the personal mandate — as if that’s all it did.
So why do I like it? Why did I buy the T-shirt?
- Some 32 million Americans will gain insurance (depending on costs). Does that matter to you? Does that sound like a BFD?
- 2.5 million young folks (<27) have been already covered under their parents’ insurance
- An insurer can no longer deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
- Exchanges will be set up state-by-state, similar to the Massachusetts Connector, which will make it much, much easier to compare and purchase health care plans.
- A number of cost-control efforts are now being implemented, like paying for quality-not-quantity of care — which show great promise in slowing the growth of health care costs.
- Relatedly, Obamacare seems to helping to stabilize Medicare spending.
So yeah, I like Obamacare. It’s a good law, it should be a political winner, and it needs support.
And I’d like to know which of these aspects Scott Brown opposed. I’d like to know what he would replace it with. I’d like to know what part he thinks is “bad for Massachusetts”, as he wildly and vaguely claimed in his previous campaign. (Talk about unvetted!) I want to know why he voted for “Romneycare” but campaigned and voted against the “same f-ing bill” when it was called “Obamacare”. I’d like to know if he supports Candidate Romney’s pledge to repeal said “same f-ing bill,” and precisely why.
I want a full and detailed explanation from our junior Senator. Is that too much to ask?