Paul Krugman’s latest column is about the mess of our national health care system. He makes a good point about how social insurance programs make us freer people, allowing us to change jobs and start new enterprises without the fear of economic catastrophe. But I’m not sure the so-called “jahb creators” care about economic catastrophes that happen to ordinary people. To them, the only thing that counts is success.
I’ve got to admire Paul’s sunny optimism about Obamacare but, frankly, I think it’s a pretty fricking bad piece of legislation that didn’t rein in health care costs, locked us into a decidedly UN-free marketplace with zero competition, and was only achieved by throwing women’s right to an abortion under a bus. So, you know, there’s that. I don’t particularly like Obama’s method of getting universal healthcare.
It beats me why he didn’t take his own state of Hawaii as a model for healthcare where employers can choose from several tiers of coverage for their employees, from basic coverage to more swank. Oh, wait, that sounds more like what Hillary proposed during the 90s. You know, the system that everyone whined was too complicated?
At this point, I would take even a basic plan. My COBRA coverage runs out at the end of this month. I can’t complain about my insurance provider, except for the outrageous premium, even with group rates. The coverage was superb. That’s what my French company negotiated for us. But getting insurance on the open market is fairly terrifying. I will be looking into CHIP programs for the kid. It’s going to be an adventure. Spending hours and days trying to justify my need after the decades I spent as a hard-working taxpayer is not how I want to spend my time.