Monday, October 21, 2013

Obamacare Simply

I'm always bemused by the polling that purports to gauge how popular these Democratic health reforms are, when pretty much none of the people being polled have the vaguest understanding of what those reforms actually are.

The conservatives have been blasting away with the Right Wing Wurlitzer sowing confusion, fear, and misunderstanding. But the liberal "Nuh Uh!"s haven't exactly clarified things with a clear and straightforward explanation. And I think that is mostly because putting Obama's "signature legislative achievement" in simplified terms doesn't make it sound very grand or heroic:
  1. We're going to require everyone to buy an insurance policy. 
  2. We're going to require the insurance companies to sell everyone an insurance policy.
  3. We're going to chip in some tax dollars for people who can't afford to buy an insurance policy.
It ain't tyranny.  It ain't exactly transformative health care policy either. It is what it is.  And I doubt 5 per cent of the population grasps the basics.