[T]he latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that six in ten of the uninsured are unaware of the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage. When reminded of the deadline and the fine for not getting covered, half of those who lack coverage as of mid-March say they plan to remain uninsured. Meanwhile, four in ten of the uninsured are still unaware of the law’s subsidies to help lower-income Americans purchase coverage, and half don’t know about the law’s expansion of Medicaid.
You could blame some of this on the administration and Democrats not promoting their obvious political interests and, you know, good policy by saturating the ariwaves with both informational and political advertising about the Affordable Care Act. I know. I have. But you cannot ignore all those Republicans gone nearly epileptic with hateful spite and lying their fool heads off about the program.
You can sacrifice some lives to make a buck and everyone knows that is bad, but what do you say when someone wrecks so many lives and livelihoods for basically nothing? Even in the old regime insurance companies never made fossil fuel-scale profits, and the ACA has hardly looks like much of a threat to their modest revenue stream. Hell, if anything the reverse is true. Ask the firebaggers. This to-the-death resistance has no economic explanation, it is all just reckless spite.
What do you call behavior like that? Evil doesn’t work. You gain nothing trying to stuff a difficult problem into a convenient manichean cubby hole like good or evil. I need something more tangible. I know that Republicans pulled the same bullshit when Clinton tried to expand health coverage, but would they have gone this far if the bill had passed and real people started getting covered? I guess they would. I guess hate and fear are powerful tools and hard to pass up when the rest of your toolbox runs dry.
It just strikes me as bizarre. It makes me feel ashamed to belong to a country that will keep electing people like this.