Wednesday, February 22, 2017

(At least) Two Americas

Remember this guy? Back in Aught Four he said:

"I spoke often of the two Americas: the America of the privileged and the wealthy, and the America of those who lived from paycheck to paycheck"

Back then, he was running for Vice President, commenting on the economy as a whole. A few years later, running for the top spot itself, he threatened:

"When I'm president I'm going to say to members of Congress and members of my administration ... if you don't pass universal health care by July of 2009 — in six months — I'm going to use my power as president to take your health care away from you."

Well, that was just so much smoke, but his take on a country divided seems to have been spot on. As FoIB Jeff M alerts us, there really are two Americas, divided by a common foe:

"Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says.
Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care Act. "To me, it's just been a big lie," Dorsch says, forcing him to pay more for less coverage."

The real take-away here is that it's only "affordable" to folks who either qualify for a subsidy, or those who make so much (or so little) money that they can either self-insure or go on the government dole. For those of us "stuck in the middle" it's become a nightmare of balancing the need for coverage against the expense of obtaining - let alone using - it.

Thus, two very different Americas.

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