As I am sure most of you who pay attention have noticed, the federal government is on the cusp of being shut down over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare if you want to be a smart acre about it.
Determination to kill a law - passed in a fully constitutional manner, might I add - seems to be the one and only goal of those who sit on the right side of the congressional aisle.
I guess what I am curious about is how much of a burden being required to buy or obtain health insurance is for people.
And what better place to ask than in the state of Massachusetts? Since most from the state have been required to carry health insurance before I ever even considered leaving the confines of the City of Brotherly Love for the wide-open spaces of the Berkshires, I think you would know.
From my own experience, I can say it was a bit confusing at first. Being unemployed, I wasn't sure if I had to get it, if I had to pay for it or even where to go to find out.
I can see this being the biggest problem for those in other states not used to getting health insurance other than from their employer. However, I can say that once I found the Mass Health website, and figured it out, it was a piece of cake.
Again, being unemployed, the state was happy to put me on a plan that I payed little to nothing for. The wife, on the other hand, got soaked by private insurance companies since she made just a little bit too much to qualify for assistance.
I checked into things, wanting to find out if the state was truly bankrupt from the plan.
Unlike some, I was motivated and determined to get out of the unemployment line, and will concede that while I did have the state help with insurance, I did not collect any other kind of assistance. The wife made just enough to keep us afloat.
I guess a big part of why I bring this up is that signups for the ACA start Oct. 1, this Tuesday. I expect it won't be any kind of change for some, and a huge change for others. But I am still curious to hear your stories regarding the law in Massachusetts.
Is it a hardship, or was it like water off a duck's back?
Send me your letters and describe your experiences with the state law, and how you think the federal law will or won't work out.