This blog post dedication goes out to a very special presidential candidate…and the way he’s changed my life.
As some of you may know, I work in the health insurance industry, for a local company which shall remain nameless. Yes, it feels paradoxical to be working in that field when I’m a supporter of a single payer system, but that’s life for ya. Working in insurance may seem like the most boring career path ever–I’m like Kafka without the brilliant novels–but over the years, I’ve enjoyed my job and found some good friends among my co-workers. It’s been a nice stable paycheck, and I was hoping to keep working there for years to come.
And now the company I work for is imploding. Why? Well, there are multiple factors, but a major one stands out.
When insurance companies agreed to join the Obamacare exchange, the government promised them payments from something called a risk corridor program. This was meant to compensate them for the fact that they would be taking on a large number of new customers who had been uninsured for a long time, and thus would be very sick and would need costly treatment. This turned out to be true, and costs for the industry have been even higher than expected. If anything, this is evidence for just how broken our healthcare system was previous to the Affordable Care Act. All these newly insured Americans are now finally receiving care for medical conditions they were often forced to neglect because they couldn’t afford to have them treated.
I certainly do not expect sympathy for insurance companies in this scenario. However, the risk corridor payments were supposed to make the transition to Obamacare smoother and keep the health care infrastructure from falling to pieces. Supposed to. But only 13% of the risk corridor money which was promised has been paid out. And it’s all because of that one very special guy. Yep, Marco Rubio. Marco cut most of the risk corridor money out of the budget, and he’s very proud of it. He brags about being the only conservative who has truly succeeded in damaging Obamacare. Because it’s so much more important to stick it to the President than to allow Americans access to health care…
So now, insurance companies across the country are going out of business, employees are facing layoffs–and the truly frustrating thing is that Obamacare is getting the blame. I’m hearing it myself around my own workplace. It’s easy to think that it’s Obama’s fault, if you haven’t heard all the facts. Rubio knew what he was doing.
Okay, so saying that I’m not voting for Marco for President is a bit of an empty threat–it’s not like I was going to vote for him before. Still, I’m definitely never voting for him now. Not for dogcatcher. I’d gladly vote for Bernie over him. A shoe could be running against him and I would vote for the shoe. Call it a personal grudge.
Say it with me, everyone: elections have consequences. Think there’s no difference between the candidates? Think it’s not worth your time to vote? Nope, nope, nope. My future, and the future of almost 2,000 other workers, hangs in the balance right now because of the actions of one man. Vote like the quality of your life depends on it… because it does!!!