From a diary at Kos.
We Democrats in my rural, very red Virginia county are sponsoring ACA sign-up clinics 22 and 29 March at our local library. In preparation for the clinics, several of us volunteers spent a few hours helping our regional navigator as he worked with uninsured people to help them get insurance.
One of the people he assisted was a single mother of three — husband killed a few years ago in an industrial accident. She works a part-time cashier’s job and cleans houses; her mother and sister take turns keeping the kids. Of course she has no medical insurance and doesn’t remember when she or any of the three children saw a doctor.
The Navigator found her a policy that pays 95% of her medical costs, has lots of free stuff (mainly regular exams and check-ups for her and the kids), and with subsidies will cost her $51 a month.
She couldn’t believe she didn’t have to pay the Navigator. She didn’t believe she did not have to promise to vote for Democrats. She didn’t believe it when the Navigator printed her insurance card on the spot. When the fact of what she had done finally sunk in, she couldn’t stop crying and hugging everyone in sight. Neither could the rest of us.
People who need coverage are getting covered left and right. Moms, folks between jobs, self-employed entrepreneurs, even Republican activists are getting covered. Just about everyone who needs coverage can have it now*. Almost six million people already have. A lot those people have pretty emotional stories to tell.
So why for the love of christ have the Koch brothers made the only ACA ads that anyone talks about? Someone please spell out the thinking on this. A writer would kill for the kind of raw emotional power you get from just one of those FIVE MILLION PEOPLE getting coverage they can finally afford. You can’t run from the ACA. So why not win on it?
(*) Setting aside those red state Medicaid gaps. And you know what, maybe someone should make some hay about the reckless cruelty of those.