Monday, September 23, 2013

An unhealthy line of thought

There's a complaint about the Affordable Care Act that should be subject to a death panel:

"If Obamacare is so great, why does Congress/Obama want exemptions from it?"

I can't think of a better example of how hyper-partisan and ridiculous this debate has become than that sentiment.

The ACA is intended to give an option to people who can't afford or otherwise can't get health insurance. The president and members of Congress, like everyone else who has coverage through their employers or elsewhere, aren't in that group. Where, exactly, is the hypocrisy?

On the other hand, maybe it would be a good idea to offer up a health care overhaul that would incentivize our leaders to give up their health plans. And the rest of us too. One that would do away entirely with insurance and other financial barriers to health care. It could happen. But generally, it's those who crow the loudest about this imagined hypocrisy who keep it from happening.

I suspect these critics are aware of their clashing, hate-ACA-at-all-costs dynamic, but another part of me is left to wonder.

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