So Far, Not So Good
I read that four million people have had their health insurance policies cancelled. Compare that to the 106,000 people who have signed up for new policies through the Affordable Care Act exchanges and website. I was not the star of the math team, but I remember from my arithmetic studies that 4,000,000 minus 106,000 equals 3,894,000, which means we have 3,894,000 fewer insured Americans.
The people who liked their health plans and wanted to keep them could not unless the plans complied with all requirements, such as maternity benefits. There are people who are unlikely to need maternity benefits, including women who have had hysterectomies, women who have gone through “the change of life” (menopause), and men, who rarely give birth and are willing to take the chance of waiving such mandatory coverage.
What is wrong with choice? What is wrong with personal risk assessment? What is wrong with individual financial decisions?
I don’t rightly know. You will have to ask President Obama. He was probably on the math team.