Paul Waldman: The Health Care Reality Conservatives Ignore
For all the difficulties of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, Americans are more patient than you might think: A new poll shows a majority expressing optimism that the problems are going to be ironed out.
Not only that, a majority continues to support the law or think it didn’t go far enough. Nevertheless, the conservatives rooting for its demise have been expressing not just vindication, but triumph. ”We could be looking at the collapse of American liberalism,” said columnist Charles Krauthammer. ”Liberalism is crumbling in front of our eyes,” echoed Michele Bachmann.
$67.21/month, $500 deductible, 87% of costs covered under my silver plan from the Affordable Health Care Act. That's a lifesaver for me.—
Corey Heaward (@cheaward) November 25, 2013
Yes indeed, a glitchy website and people moving from junk insurance to real insurance prove once and for all that government should have as little to do with health care as possible, and the entire liberal project lies in tatters. Let’s step back a moment to consider why we needed the Affordable Care Act and what it says about the health care market. The basic conservative position is that the more you let market forces operate, the better the outcome will be. “More markets” is the answer to everything: Let people buy insurance across state lines. Make it virtually impossible to sue for medical malpractice. Create more health savings accounts.
Andrew Purdon (@Drew_too) November 22, 2013
But where do you think the problems of America’s health care system came from? It wasn’t government that gave us nearly 50 million uninsured Americans and denials for pre-existing conditions. It wasn’t government that gave us the yearly and lifetime caps on insurance coverage that have sent so many people into bankruptcy when they’ve faced a serious illness or accident.
It wasn’t government that gave us “rescissions,” where your insurance company cancels your policy if you get sick. It wasn’t government that gave us a system in which the gap between what we spend and what we get is so enormous. It was the free market.
It wasn’t govt that gave us 50 mil uninsured Americans & denials for pre-existing conditions. It was the free market. cnn.com/2013/11/29/opi…—
(@amk4obama) December 01, 2013