I was glad to see Obama Care made into law and glad the Supreme Court ruled it wasn't unconstitutional because I thought on net it would be good for most people. It wasn't ideal. I wanted something more like single payer or a public option. The kind of thing other first world nations have. Half the cost, better outcomes. The Obama Care plan is really a conservative plan. It was conceived by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. I think it was intended to forestall Hillary Care. Hillary Care would have deprived the non working owners of too much profit. They don't do anything, but it's Heritage's job to keep the money flowing into their pockets. Obama Care/Romney Care throws the poor a bone, but still sends money to the rich. Kind of half way towards what I want, but better than the alternative.
So I thought on net it would be good. But I have to say that if preliminary indications hold true it's looking better than I expected it would. Here's a rundown of some of the positive results and expectations so far. The CBO says it's bringing the deficit down. A lot of people spend much less, particularly vulnerable people. Premiums are coming down. Lifetime maximum limits have been removed for 105 million people. Pre-existing condition restrictions are gone. What's not to like?
There are a few things to not like. As Krugman explains here it's a bit of affliction for the comfortable in order to comfort the afflicted. Rich, young, and healthy carries a bit more burden while poor and elderly get a break. But, as Krugman explains, Republicans are starting to panic. So far it's looking good, like it would be successful. That's the last thing Republicans want. For them it's not about doing what's good for people. This is about maintaining credibility. Their free market fantasies of how government is bad at everything could be proved wrong, so they are flailing. So they've put forward 40 futile attempts to repeal it.
But we are going to still get a chance to see if the Republican alternative is better, because in some states, like Missouri they're doing what they can to prevent Obama Care from being implemented, whereas Colorado is doing the opposite. Seems like a pretty good test. Place your bets. As you do maybe keep in mind recent predictions from the conservative universe.
Update: A comment on more of the down side. One of the groups that in tough shape under Obama Care is the working poor. Too rich to qualify for Medicaid but too poor to afford the policy they are required to buy if they want to avoid paying the penalty. As discussed here, what's particularly annoying about this is Obama knows it's a problem and quickly resolved it for people that are close to him. Congressional staffers are apparently paid little so they would have been subject to this. It's much like how the sequester impacted the powerful in Washington by making it difficult to fly. Cuts in funding for staff at airports meant delays. So our politicians quickly made an exception for this particular bit of federal spending. It impacted them. In the same way they fix the problem for friends that suffer now with Obama Care. The rest can pound sand.