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.