This graphic from The Nation unintentionally demonstrates who gets hit hard by the ACA:
In a display of historically odd comity, it’s not the “potential losers” section that’s in trouble, but the blue and the gray. What everyone seems to be focusing on are the premiums and the requirement to pay them. But in Massachusetts, we’ve essentially had Obamacare, and the problem isn’t the premiums. The problem is the deductible and the co-payments.
In Massachusetts, the Boston Federal Reserve has observed that people in Massachusetts still have to pay many thousands of dollars out of pocket for healthcare. Admittedly, that’s better than many tens of thousands of dollars, but it’s still not affordable by any conventional meaning of the word.
Until we remove the insurer’s profit motive, the ridiculous administrative costs (due to too many plans), and reduce drug costs (that is, move to a Medicare for all system), all of us–even if we can afford it–are paying too much for health insurance (which is not the same as healthcare).