George Will is a twit. I never liked his bow tie. It was never cool. And since he jumped to Fox, he’s now required to not only be conservative, now he has to pander to his audience with over the top rhetoric that makes no damn sense.
It is absolutely true that the ACA has created two classes of citizens: those who are protected (at least temporarily) by their employer’s health insurance policies, and a second class that will be systemically exploited by a private insurance market. The systemic exploitation comes from a mandate to buy insurance, a lack of transparency on how the rates are determined, and a vastly inferior product. Oh, yes it is a vastly inferior product. If you can’t get covered while you’re on vacation like the person who is lucky enough to have employer provided insurance, then it’s a bad product and that’s just one of the many differences between the two.
There are no controls on costs, which means that hospitals that are cashing in big on employer-insurance company private contracts don’t want to participate, further reducing access to treatment. The only control that the consumer has is to not use the product that they were forced to buy.
I’m not sure what you would call that but if only some people are forced to participate into buying crap while other people get a pass (for now), but it sure smacks of something from the pre-civil rights days. Then, to top it all off, it falls most heavily on minority populations and everyone who was laid off in the past several years. If I were the Democrats, I’d be worried about that last group. They’re sprinkled all over suburban districts these days.
So, George Will is still a twit and he doesn’t really mean what he’s saying. He’s just saying it because someone is paying him the big bucks to say it.
But that doesn’t mean that the “separate but equal” idea doesn’t have real meaning when it comes to Obamacare.