It has been a little surreal watching the conservative reaction to Obamacare problems over the past few weeks. I have never before seen conservatives get this upset over people not having insurance coverage. The hand wringing as they read the letters from their constituents who have lost their insurance plans…the fiery anger as they ask, what will those poor families do now?? As I watch them cry their crocodile tears, I feel the urge to ask a couple questions–
Where were you guys when many of us were suffering under the existing health care system? Where were you when people were being refused insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, or kicked off their insurance plan because it was discovered that they had a doctor’s visit somewhere in their past? I don’t remember your sadness then–in fact, it seemed that you didn’t care at all. Okay, I get it. The website isn’t working and that’s embarrassing. And it is frustrating for people to lose an insurance plan they happened to like, even if it wasn’t a very good quality plan. But at least there is a website, and the people who lose their coverage can go to shop on the exchange. Before, if you were rejected by an insurance company for whatever reason, you were likely to be rejected by other insurance companies as well, and there was nowhere else for you to go. Did you have anything to say about that?
We know, we know, you’re against Obamacare. So what is your solution, your alternative? And please don’t say it’s to leave the health care system as it is now–that’s not an acceptable answer. If you have a much better idea for fixing health care, what is it, and why didn’t you present it earlier, back when the system badly needed reforming? You’re whining about it now, but it is too little, too late.
Where have you been?