Every indication is that people’s lives are improving thanks to Obamacare — and the Democrats who protect it.
According to a new study, it looks like low-income people in Arkansas and Kentucky, which expanded Medicaid insurance, appear to be healthier than their peers in Texas — who did not. The New York Times notes:
Their survey found people in Arkansas and Kentucky were nearly 5 percent more likely than their peers in Texas to say they were in excellent health in 2015. And that difference was bigger than it had been the year before.
What’s the big difference between those states? Mostly, it’s that they were fortunate enough to live in states that elected Democratic governors, who then accepted the federal Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare).
Obamacare plans do have their flaws, like limited provider networks and high deductibles. But Hillary has promised to do what she can to fix those things. If we put Democrats in charge, improvements will come sooner rather than later.
As I’ve written before, Obamacare saved my life, literally. I had severe pancreatitis — I’d go to the ER with an attack, the doctor on call would tell me I needed to have my gallbladder out or I’d die, I’d tell him I didn’t have insurance — and he’d send me home. Then a friend told me I was eligible for an Obamacare bridge plan for people with pre-existing conditions, and six weeks later, my gallbladder was history.
So when every single Republican senator runs for reelection by promising to repeal Obamacare, well, that’s a deal breaker. My own senator, Sen. Pat Toomey (PA), has voted to repeal Obamacare so many times, I can’t even count. He blames just about everything on Obamacare. Because no one ever had problems with health insurance before.
Republican healthcare “solutions” are always the same: Bring back pre-existing conditions. (Because insurance companies should get to hold onto more of their profits by denying you affordable care.) Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines. (Because the insurance industry would much rather do that from states with lax regulations.) Oh, and tort reform, which Republicans always tout as an all-purpose remedy. Because nothing bugs them more than a poor person suing a rich one.
Republican senators are swimming against the populist tide. They don’t want to confirm Merrick Garland or other federal judges, they want to repeal Obamacare, and they don’t want to do anything about the Zika virus. In fact, they don’t seem to want to do anything the voters want.
The polls reflect that. I think they may be about to learn a very big lesson in November.