So recently a friend of mine, who sells different types of insurance, was sharing the abysmal failure of the Affordable Care Act in Virginia. Well, this just in, our Republican leadership chose NOT to create our own state exchange. What are the ramifications? Well, that is the million dollar question isn’t it.
Here is a comprehensive article in the Washington Post.
It’s a Web site designed to make it easy for people to find health coverage. Each state will have one. The District and 16 states, including Maryland, are running their own exchanges. The rests are either partnering with the federal government or, as in Virginia’s case, relying on the federal government to operate their exchanges. To find the correct site, go to www.healthcare.gov.
When the sky doesn’t fall, what will the Republicans do? I was just talking to a very conservative friend of mine who is perfectly thrilled with the changes thus far. Their adult child has insurance and that is a huge relief for them.
Is the legislation perfect? No, so what, is anything perfect when it is first designed? But now is the time, as John McCain said, to move forward, fix the bumps, and there will be bumps, but it is time to accept this as our new reality and make it the best it can be.
I know, for me, as a very healthy woman in her mid twenties, I never could have imagined that I would be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But guess what, I was, and from that moment on, without employer healthcare, I was simply uninsurable. Luckily, even when I no longer worked for that employer, he kept me on his insurance, out of the kindness of his heart and no other reason. Even though I raised the rates for everyone, he kept me on.
The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but dammit, it’s better than the what we had before…….NOTHING!