A Lack of Gratitude: The ACA Edition

I’m not sure what to make of this (boldface mine):

Atlanta resident Ted Souris, 62, describes himself as an “arch-conservative” who initially opposed the health law. He said he had mixed feelings about the ruling. He receives what he calls “a pretty hefty subsidy” to buy insurance — he gets $460 and pays $115 a month for insurance.

I’m so against Obama, and I hate that he has any kind of victory,” Souris said, “but it’s nice that I don’t have to worry” about affording health coverage.

He said that he doesn’t like getting what he calls “a government handout” but that the law — and the subsidy — allowed him to retire early and still have coverage. “I am glad I have the Affordable Care Act, and I appreciate that I got the subsidy.”

And the congregation responds: This is why we can’t have nice things.

Meanwhile, another reminder that better than is not the same as good:

Tom Clark, 63, of Waunakee, Wis., who retired from his longtime job at the Canadian National Railway two years ago, called the decision “a huge weight off my chest — a huge relief.”

In the months before coverage was available under the health law, he was cashing in his pension fund to pay the $2,000 monthly premium for a plan that covered his wife, a diabetic who works as a clerk in a liquor store, and one of his two college-age sons.

After the family signed up for coverage in December 2013, a subsidy reduced his monthly premium to about $580.

I’m still going to be about $500 a month short,” Clark said Thursday. “If I had lost [the subsidies], I don’t know what I would have done.”

Still work to be done.

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3 Responses to A Lack of Gratitude: The ACA Edition

  1. jrkrideau says:

    Mindboggling amounts and people complain about Obamacare—screwed-up as it appears to be to someone from a single payer program.

    Interesting little tidbit from the Ontario Ministry of Finance

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/tax/healthpremium/
    How much will my premium be this year?
    The premium ranges from $0 if your taxable income is $20,000 or less, to $900 if your taxable income is more than $200,600.

    And yes, you read that correctly year.

    Of course the program may well not be as fancy as some but everyone in the province is covered for basic care.

  2. A tragedy that the guy doesn’t understand that he was getting a tax subsidy all along if he had employer sponsored insurance previously.

    It’s kind of like the people who I heard are upset that their children will be covered under Medicaid expansion instead of FREE CHIP. (And if their income is low enough to shift them into Medicaid, they were very likely under the income limit for free CHIP). Thinking that they were NOT a welfare recipient when they received FREE CHIP.
    First off, their coverage will be more secure under Medicaid, and 2nd, CHIP may have been managed by a private plan, but it was still a “hand-out” (ie: government paid insurance).

    We have too many ways that socialized funding masks these facts so people don’t understand how integrated into the so-called “private sector”, that government is, and needs to be, to have a civilization.

  3. harrync says:

    I think Mr. Souris is another example of the “tribal” nature of today’s politics: yes, my side are rotters, and the other side is kind and helps little children, but they are my team, so I’m for them. And I hate my team’s chief rival, and am glad whenever they lose, even if that loss hurts my team too.

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