Today is the deadline to begin signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Not unexpectedly, there has been a surge in enrollments in the days leading up to it and it seems possible that the enrollment target of 7 million, that had been seen as unreachable after the disastrous rollout, may actually be within sight.
I have said that the people who opposed the ACA to such an extent that they actively sought to sabotage its implementation and even dissuade people from signing up were truly evil, because they were risking the lives and health of ordinary people in order to pursue their anti-Obama agenda.
About 36% of Americans without insurance have decided to pay the fine rather that buy insurance. Some are doing so because they cannot (or have been misled to think they cannot) afford it. What I find inexplicable are those people who can afford it but refuse to sign up for health insurance because they oppose the plan. The radio program Here and Now had an interview with ac accountant in Colorado who said that he was not signing up because he opposed the plan on principle and was willing to pay about $250 for emergency room visits once or twice a year if he needed to see a doctor. When asked what he would do if he had an accident or developed a serious illness, he started regurgitating the well-worn talking points put out by the opponents and did not address the question that his emergency room treatments would be paid for by others.
You can listen to him.
This guy seems like a classic case of someone cutting off his nose to spite his face.