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.