Posted: March 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Much Ado About Nothing

by Cowgirl

A terrible thing will soon happen in Montana. It is a nightmare: as reported in the Helena IR today, there will soon be a website which will advertise low-cost health insurance plans, affordable to people who cannot presently afford to buy insurance. These plans will be offered by private companies, but listed comprehensively for one-stop easy shopping on the web by the federal government, courtesy of Obamacare.

This is the “exchange,” which is nothing more than new, affordable insurance options available for people without insurance. All insurance plans will have to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescriptions. Financial help is available so you can find a plan that fits your budget, and all insurance plans will have to show the costs and what is covered in simple language with no fine print.

But Republicans in Montana a few years ago treated this idea as some sort of impending doom. The GOP worked tirelessly in 2011 to make it almost a state crime for anybody in Montana to have anything to do with any aspect of Obamacare, including helping the federal government make the exchange work correctly for Montanans. And of course they attacked Steve Bullock, then attorney general, mercilessly for not joining the anti-Obamacare federal lawsuit, which didn’t amount to anything anyway.

The GOP did not prevail.  But I can assure you that among the many customers who will be buying health inaurance from the exchange will be many of the same imbeciles who were marching and rallying against Obamacare in 2011, and egging on the Republicans in all of their childishness.

22 comments

  1. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

    Plan to do some price checking as soon as that website is up…. here’s hoping we have more choices regarding health care then where here before!

    I am liking that!

  2. MTnativeEyes

    Any micro-business that’s had to compete for employees WELCOMES a system where health care is off the table. At last, a level playing field when it comes to heath care!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

      SORT of. Actually, single payer would’a done the trick for the entire country. But nooooooo! Mini was too beholden to the insurance industry! Mini was bad news for the country.

      • James Conner

        “Actually, single payer would’a done the trick for the entire country.” Damn right. Anything less than a zero dollar, cover everyone for everything, single-payer system just isn’t good enough.

        • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

          Yes it would have been cool to have single payer, but even with a democratic controlled legislature, Nancy couldn’t get it done. If you remember the single payer rose up and fell in the Legislature, not the senate. I really don’t like that everyone tries to blame Max for it. but it was never in his chamber long enough to own. Nor was his committee to blame as he was trying to cobble together health care.

          Out of the Gang of Eight, when a REpug quit became the Gang of seven in which all other Repugs on that committee left. they didn’t want any health care for America! they were the ones who basically stopped working for America. We actually got health care because of Max…. one of the last men standing to push it through.

          We were defeated because the Insurance Lobby has too great a hold on all in congress. and one party didn’t want to roll up there sleeves and help with the work to keep America Healthy at all .

  3. Buckminster

    We loved the headline in the Montana Standard: “Health policies peddled online?”

    Way to be impartial.

  4. john marshall

    Dear Cowgirl,
    The link from the IR in your article comes up empty, but if readers go here, http://www.healthcare.gov/, and click on “Find insurance options now,” in the upper left tab, this will give anybody a view as what’s to come. I just did it. Very easy, very straight forward. Finally buying health insurance as easy as buying a computer or a car.

    Sincerely
    John Marshall

  5. Pundet

    It is meaningless to compare insurance policies based on cost, as benefits are key. Basic care is only partially mandated in the form of tests and checkups, but after copays and deductibles and things that are not covered (like office visits) people will find that “low cost” policies are also low value. Remember that our “Cadillac” policies are on the way out, and that in other countries that type of coverage is called “basic care.” Obama addressed one small part of our problem, adverse selection, but he did so by giving over the entire farm and ranch to AHIP. It was a massive betrayal from the guy who said he favored a public option.

    A Democratic representative here in Colorado, Dr. Irene Aguilar, is proposing a true insurance exchange that will accept all Coloradans and fix the cost as part of our tax bill. It is not “low cost” insurance, but rather comprehensive care with insurers used as mere administrators with no ability to override good public policy for their bottom line. Dr. Aguilar estimates that after Obama’s “reforms,” 3-400,000 Coloradans will still be uninsured, as the law mandates things that simly cannot be done, like spending household income on low-value insurance. Hundreds of thousands more will be underinsured, which is what your “low-cost” policies represent.

    We’re still a long way from true reform. AHIP got a nice gift, but all the rest of us got was a card trick.

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  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

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