The title is purely for shock value. As a person who has been afflicted with odd medical conditions that would have bankrupted me had I not had insurance, I completely and utterly support the Affordable Care Act. Well, it could be better, but for the sake of argument, I am glad that everyone is required to have insurance, and affordable plans are required by law. No one, no matter who you are, wants to be saddled with so much medical debt that you are crippled for life. I had a surgery that failed, leaving me in agonizing pain, thereby negating all the previous surgeries. That was almost $100k in medical costs, that I was able to escape by being extra fortunate enough to have a great insurance and awesome parents. I am probably under 1% of the population there. What I oppose is the mislabeling of the Affordable Care Act, which is a law, as Obamacare. At first, I championed the idea. It was a gambit by the Republican party who believed the bill would fail, something they then tried to make happen. Obvious only to people who use FoxNews as a citation other than when creating Onion articles, Obama was going to be the blame for the healthcare industry killing bill, and for the rest of time, he would be associated with it in name. The problem is that didn’t happen at all, as I predicted a few times. For the most part, people got better coverage plans, or they were covered for the first time despite pre-existing conditions. It wasn’t this resounding success, but it did help some people out while not really hurting other people. The success or failure of the Affordable Care Act won’t be known for a few years, probably 5 to 10 years, as data is collected, and anecdotes that support one side over the other are likely lies. Social Media of course shows the biggest amalgamation of stupidity as arm-chair politicians explain how this deal is socialism/communism, clearly ignoring those are real words with real definitions. There’s a lot of silly and dangerous assertions that will eventually be completely discredited as studies are done, like the notion that more people lost insurance than gained, which the GOP used as an great, but completely false, talking point. Had that been true, they would have had a lot of great ideas.
My push is to cease the naming convention of “Obamacare” for the Affordable Care Act. The problem with that convention nowadays is it gives the Act more credence than it actually deserves. The Affordable Care Act is a law that, among other provisions, requires every citizen to have insurance. That’s the crux of the Affordable Care Act (other than ending pre-existing conditions exclusions, premium reviews, and no lifetime limits). Unfortunately, by calling it Obamacare, a lot of people without the understanding of anything they oppose or support believe it to be a form of healthcare.
When we mire ourselves with obtuse language, we cannot truly argue the merits and deficits. Once we can boil down the core of the argument, then we can get to the core of the fight.