Obamacare is a godsend for millions of Americans previously discriminated against by the health insurance companies. Policies canceled because people got (gasp!) sick. People denied coverage because of “pre-existing conditions”. A majority of American bankruptcies caused wholly or in part because of catastrophic health care costs.
Given all that, why is Obamacare the incredibly complex pro-insurance-industry plan that it is? It is, remember, a Republican plan, designed by the Heritage Foundation and implimented in Massachusetts by then-governor Mitt Romney. It will funnel billions of dollars to the health insurance companies. The answer: It was the only way, politically, to start to move toward universal health care. Not one Republican supported this Republican plan, and no Republican alternative has been proposed.
There is a movement in Massachusetts to set up a public option there. Vermont will set up a single-payer system in 2017. The battle for truly affordable health care for all Americans isn’t over. It has just begun.